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This is a list of characters who appear in the series Of Crystal Shards and Dust. For information on the characters in their original series, see Final Fantasy XV and RWBY.

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The primary characters, who serve as our main leads. These twelve young souls are students from Beacon Academy, each of whom have their reasons for following the path of a Huntsman.

    In General 

Tropes that apply to most, if not all the characters, listed below.

  • Back-to-Back Badasses: During Initiation, rather than fighting off a Death Stalker and a Nevermore, all three teams face off against an enhanced Behemoth. They all work together in trying to face off against the damn thing, and succeeding is a breathtaking sight to behold.
  • Color Motifs: Ever present in the world of RWBY:
    • Ruby and Pyrrha share red.
    • Yang and Jaune both have yellow.
    • Weiss, Nora and Ren have unique colors for themselves: white, pink and green, respectively.
    • Blake, Noctis, Prompto, Gladio and Ignis all share black.
  • Gender-Equal Ensemble: There's an even split between boys and girls; Team RWBY being all girls, Team LAPI being all guys, and Team JNPR having two guys and two girls.
  • The Chosen One: Implied to be the case from Bahamut's vision. Despite Regis taking Lucis away from Eos, Noctis is destined to become the Chosen King, with his Crownsguard, Team RWBY and JNPR there to aid him.

    Team RWBY 
The protagonists of the original web animated series: Ruby Rose, Weiss Schnee, Blake Belladonna and Yang Xiao Long. Unlike in the main series, however, a few characters have undergone changes, due to the events that have transpired thanks to Lucis' presence: Ruby and Yang have been close friends of their crown prince since childhood, Blake is now a retired member of the Kingsglaive following Lucis' intervention of better Faunus treatment, and Weiss' noted vendetta against the Faunus and White Fang was tweaked to reflect this.

  • 15 Minutes of Fame: Ruby's encounter with Torchwick was recorded by a bystander and then broadcasted on live television. It's brought up a few times, but she doesn't appreciate the attention she receives because of it.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: Weiss. While she's still ultimately the same ice queen we all know and love, she's much nicer to Ruby than she was in the original series, primarily due to the fact that 1) Ruby's actions in stopping Torchwick were recorded by a bystander who witnessed the whole thing and is therefore aware of her combat capabilities, 2) Ruby was not the one who crashed into her luggage, that particular honor going to Jaune and 3) Weiss never came over to Ruby and Yang for causing a disturbance, as they were hanging out with the prince and his team.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: Yang has had a crush on Noctis stemming back to the day they first met, but had to suppress it when it became known that he and Luna were attracted to each other. Ruby and Prompto tend to tease both of them over it to no end; while Noctis and Yang are still very close and are as equally infuriated whenever this matter is brought up - the former goes far as to mentally note how that was such a long time ago, the feelings she still harbors for him linger within her.
  • Awkward Silence: After Weiss reveals why she hates the White Fang, this trope comes into play between her and Blake, which also leads into some tension.
  • Bodyguarding a Badass: Blake served under the Kingsglaive before retiring to become a Huntress instead. While she isn't an active member anymore, her prior training still compels her to protect Noctis as one of her former lieges, although she herself admits that she isn't one to flaunt the status that came with being so closely associated to Lucian royalty. Ignis singles out Blake's combat skill frpm her time with the Glaives to be the reason why she performed much better than her teammates in the RWBY vs. LAPI sparring match, but she admits that she isn't a stamina freak in the same vein as the Lucians.
  • Character Tic: Ruby seems to have one, as whenever she's embarrassed, she pulls her hood over her head.
  • Childhood Friends: Ruby and Yang met Noctis, Prompto and Luna while on a trip to Insomnia, and all five have remained steadfast friends since then.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Slightly averted, as Weiss is much more pleasant due to the circumstances in meeting Ruby this time around. It is played straight between her and Blake, as the incident with the White Fang has helped loosen the tension between them when it happened.
  • Gamer Chick: Only sort of applies to two of them: Ruby and Yang are straight examples, while Weiss and Blake fail to see the appeal. This is best shown by their reactions to the fact that Lucis has a festival dedicated to a video game that Noctis and Prompto are absolute fanboys of. Interestingly enough, despite having never so much as played a game in her life, Weiss proves to be a natural at it when visiting Patch with her teammates.
  • Gosh Darn It to Heck!: Ruby doesn't take kindly to anyone swearing in her presence by reflexively muttering "swear" every time it happens, and similarly only resorts to using the E-rated versions when she tries to cuss herself.
  • Heroic BSoD: Rather than Jaune being the target of Cardin's abuse, it's Ruby who suffers from it, due to her young age. It also serves as another reason why Weiss warms up to Ruby faster and helps her become more sure of herself as team leader.
  • It's Personal: Despite not having served as a member of the White Fang here, Blake still feels responsible for trying to stop them given that her father was one of its founders.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: Ruby with Noctis. They first bonded over the weapons Noctis could summon, and would regularly send each other messages about how their lives have been progressing. It's rather telling that he is the only other candidate she thinks of when possibly having a partner in Initiation besides Yang.
  • Posthumous Sibling: In this story, Weiss reveals that she has an older brother named Blanc, who she was very fond of. Because he didn't inherit the Schnee family semblance, Jacques didn't think much of him. He was kidnapped by the White Fang during her childhood, and the place where he was being held was destroyed. Since the body was never found, he was declared missing until a few months ago following Weiss' enrollment at Beacon Academy. It's also why she hates the White Fang this time around to a much fiercer degree than she did originally.
  • Ship Tease: Ruby with Gawain, much to Yang's joy now that her weapon-obsessed tomboy baby sister is discovering her "girl side." The fact that Yang now has her own ammunition to tease Ruby doesn't help her much.
  • The Fashionista: Yang now has a reputation for being one, which has scarred Ruby to no end since she's often forced to accompany her beloved older sister around for her shopping binges. Team CFWY worry that Yang could end up being the second coming of Coco, and one afternoon with them is enough for Team LAPI to never want to shop ever again... sans Ignis.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Ruby's favoritism towards cookies tends to be played up in most Fanon works, and this one is no different. Her teammates and Team JNPR use them to help her get out of her depressed state, and when Ruby opts to take one more light-hearted potshot at Yang's crush over Noctis, the threat of having no more cookies is enough to make her shriek in terror. Ditto Blake with seafood.

    Team JNPR 

This other freshman team of aspiring Hunstmen and Huntresses - Jaune Arc, Nora Valkyrie, Pyrrha Nikos and Lie Ren - act as the deutaroganists of RWBY. Due to Lucis' presence, a few dynamics within the team has changed significantly; notably, Jaune is now a legitimately skilled warrior thanks to his tutelage under the Kingsglaive's commander.

  • Adaptational Badass: Jaune Arc. While he still has a few Adorkable moments, he didn't fake his way into Beacon. As a matter of fact, he was trained by Titus Drautos, which has led to him being much more formidable. Case in point, his landing strategy mishap, where he surfs on his shield following his landing and his mock battle with Cardin, where he beats him without drawing Crocea Mars.
  • Covert Pervert: As it turns out, Pyrrha has taken quite the liking to some of Blake's, ahem, more mature novels. Same with Ren, much to his own shame.
  • Everyone Can See It: There's clearly some feelings between Jaune and Pyrrha. The narration in their first meeting even has Jaune thinking of Pyrrha as beautiful. It also says a lot when practically everyone, including Drautos can see something between them.
  • Hero-Worshipper: Jaune greatly idolizes Drautos, and even cites him as the reason why he's even at Beacon Academy in the first place. To say he holds him in high regard would be an understatement.
  • Ship Tease: Jaune with Pyrrha, to no one's surprise.

    Team LAPI 

The Chocobros of Final Fantasy XV, consisting of Lucis' crown Prince and his three confidants since childhood: Noctis Lucis Caelum, Prompto Argentum, Gladiolus Amicitia and Ignis Scientia. Originally meant to attend Glaive Academy, they took part in the Cultural Exchange Program, where they would spend time at the Academy of another Kingdom. Only Noctis and Prompto are formally recognized students of Beacon Academy, due to Ignis and Gladio being older and mostly being there to serve as the prince's bodyguards.

  • Age Lift: Noctis and co. are quite a few years younger, since the former and Prompto are able to attend Beacon Academy as second-years. Noctis has only recently turned 18, making him the oldest teenager among the primary cast, barring Team CFVY, who are also second years.
  • Badass Normal: By Remnant's standards anyway. For the most part, the boys in black don't have Semblances, though they are stated to gain them later on. All they have to fall back on is the magic of the Lucian royal bloodline and their collective combat training from the best combat instructors from home, but that is more than enough to give them the edge over several Remnant natives.
  • BFS: Noctis, when using a broadsword and Gladio.
  • Bodyguarding a Badass: Noctis is definitely skilled in his own right, but for all intents and purposes, the Chocobros are there to fight for him at a moment's notice.
  • Camera Fiend: Downplayed. Prompto takes pictures during a few scenes that are usually either serious or depressing, but it is done in good gesture.
  • Chick Magnet: A downplayed example with Noctis. Not every girl he runs into falls head over heels for him, and he doesn't actively seek them out given that he has Luna, but it's still rather telling that three of his closest female friends (Yang, Stella and Iris) have had crushes on him in the past.
  • Childhood Friends: While all of them have known each other since they were kids, Noctis and Prompto, in particular, have this relationship with Ruby and Yang, and part of the appeal of attending Beacon for the two of them was to see the sisters again in person after 6 years.
  • Custom Uniform: It's implied that for the most part, none of them end up actually end up wearing Beacon's standard uniform.
  • Don't Call Me "Sir": Noctis would much rather prefer to dispense with formalities and refuses to be called "Your Highness" or anything of the sort if it can be helped, often allowing others to refer to him by his first name. His shorthand nickname of "Noct" is one he only reserves for those closest to him, chief among them being his Crownsguard, Ruby and Yang.
  • The Gambler: When playing the Remnant board game with Team RWBY and Iris, the boys decide to spice up their bout against each other by throwing in some Lien. Despite the fact that Ignis outright refused to bet anything, he ends up winning the whole pot.
  • Guns Akimbo: Prompto. His primary weapon is a single pistol, but he has other long-ranged weapons up his sleeve. It also helps that he's something of a Techno Wizard.
  • Knife Nut: Ignis. He also uses it as part of his strategy, as each of his knives acts as homing beacons for Noctis to teleport and strike at enemies who've been struck by said knives.
  • Lethal Chef: Ignis claims Noctis and Prompto are this, the latter more so. According to Noctis, Prompto nearly burned down the kitchen, much to the latter's dismay.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Have you seen these boys?! They could be fashion models for god's sake. Just ask what Yang thinks of Gladio without a shirt.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: Noctis with Ruby.
  • Same Clothes, Different Year: They all wear their Versus XIII clothes, but as part of their Shopping Montage with Team CFVY and RWBY, they get their casual and default outfits from XV.
  • Supreme Chef: Say it with me, "I've come up with a new recipe!" Man even thinks he could make a meal out of a Grimm if they left something behind!
  • True Companions: Embodies this trope a lot more than their allies. While Teams RWBY and JNPR are close to each other, neither of them have the same level of camaraderie the Chocobros have had since their childhoods. This also reflects in their fighting styles, as the four of them can readily attack and communicate as a cohesive unit to a far greater degree.
  • Walking Armory: Noctis. While he's no Shirou Emiya, he has quite a few weapons up his sleeve. He primarily uses the Engine Blade, which belonged to Regis before he handed it over to his son. Ruby mistakes his ability to summon weapons as his Semblance, and most of the other students who've seen Noct and Prompto summon theirs are downright shocked.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: As much of a narcoleptic goofball he can be at times, Noct is no slouch in showing his skills as a leader who can inspire others. Not only is he the main rallying point around his Kingsguard, who respect him in equal measure as a brother figure and their liege, he gives a short but effective pep talk to Team RWBY after they continue to wallow in self-defeat after the chaos they caused in stopping Torchwick, stating that they have a lot more room to grow since they're all still young, and whatever mistakes they've made should be treated as opportunities to learn.


The Four Kingdoms

The inhabitants of the World of Remnant. Following the appearance of Lucis and its integration and contribution to their respective kingdoms, they have all changed considerably.

    In General 

The most peaceful of the four kingdoms, as well as perhaps the most accepting of Lucis' presence, in no small part due to Ozpin playing the part of negotiator when Lucis first arrived. It is also the primary setting of the story during the events of Volume 1 and 2.
  • Adults Are Useless: The staff is utterly thrown into disarray when a enhanced Behemoth arrives to cause chaos. Even Ozpin, the epitome of calm and cool demeanor, is shaken and thrown off-guard when he sees the beast.
  • Big Good: Ozpin and his inner circle, which now includes King Regis, are this in the grand scheme of things.
  • The Illuminati: Ozpin and his inner circle.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Ozpin, being the Headmaster of Beacon and head of his own little conspiracy group, is naturally prepared for just about anything and is well respected. He's even friends with King Regis, and is the one to point him in the Faunus' direction following their arrival.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: It's been implied in canon that Ozpin was the King of Vale in one of his many lives.

Out of the four Kingdoms, Atlas has been the most suspicious of Lucis' contributions. Of course, it is also because the Kingdom and Lucis are also on bad terms, namely in terms of the treatment of Faunus in Atlas, mostly due to the SDC. The only person who appreciates Lucis' contributions to Remnant is Ironwood.
  • The Paranoiac: In spite of all the contributions Lucis has provided, Atlas is wary and suspicious of Lucis. Ironwood even notes that, with the appearance of the humanoid Daemon Atlas will be even more paranoid.
  • United Nations Is a Superpower: Barring the UN part, as Atlas is a single country, it is highly advanced for its time, only falling behind Lucis.

The first group of individuals that Lucis chose to make contact with, namely due to Faunus' treatment in Lucis. Thanks to King Regis' efforts, Menagerie is now better off than it was in the main series, becoming a main source of commerce that is now two-third inhabitable.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Many characters that were originally in the White Fang are now members of the Kingsglaive and Crownsguard. Some have even joined the Hunter's Association. The best case being Adam Taurus, who was trained underneath Cor Leonis.
  • I Owe You My Life: Due to Lucis offering aid, Menagerie is considerably more well-off than it was in canon. For starters, the island is now two-thirds inhabitable, and is a major source of commerce and trade among the five major Kingdoms. To say that Menagerie owes its newfound status to Lucis would be putting it lightly.
  • Undying Loyalty: To the Kingdom of Lucis, for all they have done for them.

The Kingdom of Lucis

Originally hailing from the World of Eos, King Regis was given a prophical vision of what was to come. Fearing for the future of his unborn son, Regis and Sylvia Nox Fleuret used the crystal's power to transport them to the World of Remnant, where they quickly changed the future of the world.

    Royal Family 



    New Tenebrae 
Having abandoned their old country, Regis gave the Nox Fleuret family a territory of their own within Lucis' Duscae region. It also serves as a place of worship to many, including inhabitants of Remnant who migrated to New Tenebrae.

Villains (Beware of unmarked spoilers)

The primary antagonists of the story, consisting of Roman Torchwick, the Anti-Lucian Federation, the White Hoods and Salem's faction, as well as the appearance of one other.

    In General 

    The Anti-Lucian Federation 
An organization that was founded following Lucis' appearance. Despite the kingdom's contributions to the world of Remnant, some have not forgiven them for the Accidental Murder of their loved ones, due to their arrival causing Weird Weather that caused several incidents.

  • Big Bad Ensemble: With the White Hoods, who serve as a smaller group within their organization, and Salem's Faction, given high-ranking member Plague's association with Roman Torchwick. However, Plague himself seems to be allied with Devil, Sienna Khan's lieutenant within the White Fang, and Wraith, Ardyn's second-in-command, making it questionable as to where his true allegience lies.
  • Fantastic Racism: In contrast to the White Hoods, who hate Faunus, the Feds hate the Lucians with a passion, due to the bizarre weather phenomenon caused by their appearance causing several deaths as a result.
  • You Killed My Father: Overlapping with The Lost Lenore and Posthumous Sibling, or generally anything that involves the loss of a loved one. The primary reason why the Anti-Lucian Federation hate Lucis is because the Weird Weather that came from their arrival caused the deaths of many people, including family members and lovers and friends.


A high-ranking member of the Anti-Lucian Federation. His true identity is unknown, but his alias comes from his ability to create hallucinations that are all too vividly real.

  • Badass Cape: In addition to the gas mask, Plague wears a skull-themed gas mask.
  • Cool Mask: His mask is shaped like a skull with glowing red eyes, and invokes the image of a traditional gas mask, except it blows steam. One reviewer even noted that Plague's appearance closely resembles that of Death Gun.
  • The Dragon: To the Feds. However...
  • Dragon with an Agenda: Plague is working with Roman Torchwick and the White Hoods, the latter of whom are allied with the Anti-Lucian Federation. Early on, he decides to "send a message" to the White Hoods with the White Fang. The Stinger of ACT II even reveals that he's working with Devil, Sienna Khan's lieutenant in the White Fang, and Wraith, Ardyn's second-in-command, which raises questions as to who he could be working for.
  • Gas Mask, Longcoat: Downplayed, as Plague wears a tattered cloak instead of a coat.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Like Devil and Trinity, his mask's eyes glow red.
  • Your Mind Makes It Real: What seems to be his Semblance. Unlike Neo who's illusions can be physically interacted or Emerald who can only target a single person, Plague can target multiple people.

    The White Hoods 
A group of anti-Faunus individuals who despite all Faunus, to the point where they attack any protests they hold or boycotts they initiate. Following Lucis' appearance and their stance on Faunus, they also become antagonistic towards Lucians and join with the Feds.

  • Big Bad Ensemble: Joined with the Anti-Lucian Federation, after Lucis makes it clear they want to help Faunus and offer equality. Plague working with Devil and Wraith seems to imply that the Feds are also working with Salem's Faction.
  • Expy: If the name didn't clue you in, the White Hoods are based off of the KKK.
  • Fantastic Racism: To say that these guys hate Faunus would be an understatement. Were it not for Cor Leonis, their attack on a protest rally would've sent the young Adam down his Start of Darkness.


A high-ranking member of the Anti-Lucian Federation, shrouded in mystery.

    The White Fang 
One of the antagonist groups of RWBY. Initially a peaceful protest group, Ghira's retirement for the Kingsglaive has led to them becoming a terrorist organization. And someone else is leading them down a much darker path...

  • Big Bad Ensemble: With Salem's Faction, though Devil's allegience seems to be together with Ardyn.
  • The Dragon: Devil is this to Sienna Khan, but even she has reservations about him following his promotion. It's also implied that he's working with Ardyn, along with Plague and Wraith.
  • Fantastic Racism: Worse off in canon, as the White Hoods are the primary reason as to why they still exist, in spite of what Lucis has done for Faunus kind in general.
  • In Spite of a Nail: Despite Lucis granting many Faunus the equality they have sought, the White Hoods' persistent attacks and brutality against them led to Sienna Khan forming a splinter cell, while another group of the White Fang follows Ghira's old ideals.

    Salem's Faction 

Ardyn Izunia, the primary antagonist from Final Fantasy XV, has found his way into Remnant. And he is not alone in his endeavors, either, as he's allied himself with Salem. From the looks of things, he hasn't forgotten his grudge against the Lucian Royal Family, either...

He is also not alone, either, as he's gained a few allies since his arrival.

  • Ambadassador: Ardyn himself is a high-ranking member of the Atlas Council, serving as High Councilman. Thanks to this, Ozpin and Ironwood can't do anything, especially since Atlas is untrusting towards Lucis, given their wary nature.
  • The Chessmaster: While he hasn't made any major moves, he is slowly being built up to be this, as the Breather Episode reveals that he intends to use the Schnee Dust Corporation to introduce Magitek into Remnant, just as Niflheim had in Eos.
  • The Dragon: Wraith. He's mysterious, but his faith towards Ardyn is unquestionable. More than that, he also appears to be aware of his true lineage, almost always referring to him as "Your Majesty."
  • Foreshadowing: Ardyn was the primary cause behind much of the events of Final Fantasy XV, including the introduction of advancements towards Magitek technology in the Niflheim Empire. If the Breather Episode is of any indication, he seeks to do the same thing, only this time he's capitalizing on Jacques Schnee's greed to introduce Magitek to Remnant.
  • Immortality: Due to his nature as the Accursed, the only way to actually kill Ardyn is to destroy his soul outright via the power of the Crystal, and we all know how that turns out...

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