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Various Vytal Ventures is a RWBY Fan Fic by Rassilon001, described by the simple premise of a collection of fun side stories and adventures shared by our favorite RWBY characters. Each chapter can be read as its own stand-alone story. Some spoilers ahead.

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     All Stories 
  • A Day in the Limelight: Various chapters focus on smaller or different groups than seen in the show to let new dynamics emerge or be focused on.
  • Added Alliterative Appeal: The title.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Chapter titles are two four letter words, usually a short common phrase like 'Body and Soul', 'Rock and Roll', or 'Wine and Dine', that indicates the chapter's content. Word of God is that the final chapters are intended to be 'Rise and Fall' and then 'Dusk and Dawn', set long after the end of the RWBY main series.
  • Plot Bunny: The fanfic is practically an entire warren of them, as each chapter can stand alone as a separate story. Word of God this was intentional, to allow the overall story to be as long or short as desired and accommodate most any interesting idea for a story that came along.
  • To Be Continued: Each chapter ends with a reveal of the next chapters title, though on rare occasion they've had to be changed just prior to its posting.

     "Surf and Turf" 
  • Action Film, Quiet Drama Scene: Ruby and Weiss share a quiet moment admiring a tide pool and further cementing their friendship. In between splash fights and battling Krakens, of course.
  • Amusing Injuries: As per the course, Jaune gets smacked around quite a lot in the story, both by his teammates and by the Kraken. Being Made of Iron, he's largely back on his feet in no time, though it does nothing for his dignity.
  • Battle Cry: Some serious, some not. Yang's "for pony!" takes the cake, though.
  • Beach Episode: Pretty much the entire point of the chapter.
  • Cats Hate Water: Word of God is that this was implied for why Blake did not venture into the water during the trip, with her Faunus heritage unconfirmed at the time of posting. It was left deliberately vague so it could still go either way.
  • Clothing Damage: Ruby gets the middle of her swimsuit ripped, but thankfully is not injured. Yang arguably gets worse when her top is ripped completely off, leaving her exposed.
  • Combat Tentacles: The Kraken's means of attack.
  • Curse Cut Short
  • Eye Scream: Finding most of the Kraken invulnerable prompts some characters to make attacks against its eyes to blind it.
  • Feed It a Bomb: Attempted, but sadly it doesn't work.
  • Foreshadowing: Rife with it, including the destruction of Nora's sandcastle-Beacon.
  • Good Hurts Evil: Word of God is that Jaune's purity of heart and strong Aura enables his sword strikes to leave lasting damage to the Kraken, while all other wounds regenerate. This enables him to pull off the finishing blow.
  • Kill It with Ice: Weiss considers this at one point, but hasn't the Dust appropriate for such an attack.
  • Kraken and Leviathan: It isn't nearly as large as most examples, but the beast is called a Kraken at least. Then again, perhaps it was young... which raises all sorts of terrifying implications.
  • Large Ham: Ruby, Yang, and Nora get in on this, taking customary beach activities like sandcastle-building and splash fights dead seriously.
  • Made of Iron: As in the series.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Jaune and Ren shirtless both are clearly appreciated by their female teammates.
  • Ms. Fanservice: All the girls to one degree or another, but special mention goes to Yang, whose top slips frequently, and is even ripped off by the Kraken in the ensuing battle with it.
  • More Teeth than the Osmond Family: The Kraken. Fortunately it doesn't get a chance to use them on any of the students.
  • Nobody Touches the Hair: Surprisingly averted by Yang, who doesn't lose a single strand this time around. However, she arguably gets worse in the form of Slippery Swimsuit and Clothing Damage.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!:
    "Get...! Me...! Down...!"
    "You! Damn! Mother! F-!"
  • Red Sky, Take Warning: Shortly before the Kraken appears the time is described as sunset, when the sky turns crimson.
  • Serious Business: From splash fights to sandcastle making, it's not just fun, it's serious business.
  • Sigil Spam: Some of the students' logos continue to appear on their bathing suits and beach towels.
  • Slippery Swimsuit: Yang's tube top nearly slips free at one point, and later dialogue implies it may have done so by design rather than purely by accident.
  • Tentacle Rope: The Kraken tries various techniques with its limb to pin the girls up.

     "Snow and Fury" 

     "Jump and Jive" 
  • Bears Are Bad News: The Xiong Family, while not actual bears, use the motif. In addition, their name is Chinese for bear.
  • Cool Mask: As befitting a Masquerade, all of Team RWBY wear one.
  • Dance Battler: Most of the fighters, but special mention goes to Nora and DJ Deadb3ar, whose style is explicitly called 'breakdance fighting'.
  • Fairytale Motifs: Junior's is expanded upon with his Mom and Dad, completing the imagery of The Three Bears, one of whom is Too Hot while the other is Too Cold.
  • Infraction Distraction: Implied to be the case with the smuggled Apples.
  • Karma Houdini: Despite all the chaos they cause, the students of Beacon get off scot-free. Granted, so do Junior and his associates despite their low-key crimes.
  • Kicking Ass in All Their Finery: It's a Masquerade that quickly degrades into a brawl. Naturally this trope is in full effect.
  • Male Gaze: The valet definitely seems to admire Yang when she hands him the keys to her motorcycle.
  • Police Are Useless: Don't show up until the very end, and don't manage to catch anyone important either.
  • Shout-Out: Nora and DJ Deadb3ar engage in classic 'breakdance fighting' in the style of Zoolander, with Nora even pulling some of her moves straight from the movie itself.
  • Suddenly Could Always Do That: Turn on the music and suddenly Team RWBY is choreographing dance and fight moves with flawless precision. The trope is appropriately lampshaded. Could also count as a Call-Forward, considering JNPR did the same thing in Season Two with equally little warning.
  • Tentacled Terror: The Grimm that attacks the beach is called a Kraken, and looks like an enormous squid with too many tentacles and a mouth of sharp teeth. Likely Lovecraft-inspired.
  • You Meddling Kids: Junior certainly thinks this, and his parents are likewise convinced soon thereafter. Twice now Yang has trashed that bar.

     "Hike and Camp" 
  • Always Second Best: Dove believes he is this due to his older brother receiving greater attention and respect simply by being born first. How much of it is true is left up to interpretation.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Some of Team CRDL push the wrong buttons of Team RWBY, clearly having no idea just how much butt the girls kick on a recurring basis. Some are smarter about it than others, however.
  • Dragon-in-Chief: Dove seems to think he can set himself up as this to Cardin in Team CRDL.
  • The Greatest Story Never Told: Team CRDL (minus Cardin) does not seem to believe Jaune killed the Ursa Major all by himself. Ironically, they're technically correct.
  • Hidden Depths: Some of Team CRDL, possibly. Professor Port definitely.
  • Horrible Camping Trip: The two teams hate each other, CRDL has no idea how to go about setting up camp (thank goodness Ruby and Yang do) and overall there's great animosity between them all. Fortunately, they accomplish their real objective quickly, so they can return to Beacon.
  • Losing Is Worse Than Death: Cardin certainly seems to think this.
  • Second Place Is for Losers: Dove obviously believes this, though it comes from Always Second Best.
  • Sociopath: Some of Team CRDL show signs of this, particularly Cardin's lack of concern for anyone but himself, but also Dove for his interest in manipulating others without regard to their feelings.
  • Sore Loser: Cardin in spades, which is why he works so hard to never lose.
  • The Bully: Obviously, with Team CRDL present. Some depth is given to their individual motivations behind such, however.
  • Troll: Blake beautifully trolls Lark when he asks if she'll help set up a date with Yang, then flat-out tells him no.
  • "Well Done, Son" Guy: Cardin definitely has shades of this, wanting either his father's approval or to be better than him, using the same questionably brutal tactics to advance.
  • Willfully Weak: Implied to be the case with Velvet and most Beacon students, who hold back in their duels between each other because they're fighting friends instead of killing Grimm. Cardin, however, shows no such hesitation or mercy.

     "King and Pawn" 
  • Battle of Wits: The actual game, of course, but in the end also implied to be the ongoing conflict between Cinder and Ozpin.
  • Chess Motif: Practically the entire series seems to be summed up in one good game. Interestingly, Ozpin seems to favor the Pawns, not because of their expendability, but instead because of their simple, straightforward nature. That, and their ability to be promoted. One could infer he feels the same way about his students.
  • Chessmaster: Ozpin is a master at both the literal game and implied to be the same with the figurative one.
  • Foreshadowing: Possibly, per Shrug of God.
  • Graceful Loser: Ruby takes her defeat with great dignity, but promises to give Ozpin a better match next time. He says he looks forward to it.
  • Heart Is an Awesome Power: Ozpin favors the Pawn for its simple, straightforward use. To say nothing of its ability to be promoted.
  • Insufferable Genius: Averted. Ozpin is more amused and helpful than smug, and says Ruby gave him a good game for her first try.
  • Rule of Symbolism: All over the place, from who is playing which side to which pieces are used at any given moment. Some of it may count as Foreshadowing as well.
  • Stupidity Is the Only Option: Ruby, barely familiar with the basic rules of the game, quickly decides to take this route by acting in a random, unpredictable fashion to throw off Ozpin. Her tactics amuse him.

     "Bark and Bite" 
  • BFG: The White Fang Speaker wields a pair of old-fashioned Arquebus that run on Dust Ammunition. They do a lot of damage, provided he can hit anything with them.
  • Giant Spider: Aggromantulas, natch. Their Queen takes it up to eleven.
  • Guns Akimbo: The White Fang Speaker uses a pair of Arquebus simultaneously. Justified, in that his aim is terrible and each only has one shot before he has to reload.
  • Hive Queen: The Aggromantula Queen is implied to be this, since her death results in the lesser spiders becoming somewhat more docile (in that they're only as dangerous as regular Grimm).
  • Little Bit Beastly: With a rally full of Faunus, it's only to be expected, but the Speaker takes the cake with a full elephant trunk taking the place of his nose.
  • Meaningful Name: Aggromantulas, are so named because of their tendency to jump fangs first into a fight.
  • Recruiting the Criminal: How Adam was added to their team. He makes a break for it at the end of the story, however, allowing him to rejoin in the mainstream series without too many awkward questions being asked.
  • Shout-Out: Word of God is the Queen was explicitly modeled after the Xenomorph Queen from Aliens. A Ripley quote from the same movie shows up shortly after her arrival. Furthermore, the Queen is described as having four mandibles, unlike the two found on most of the regular Grimm Spiders. Likely inspired by the Predator franchise. Also, the White Fang's speaker is frequently referred to as Dumbo or The Elephant Man due to his lack of proper name.
  • Spiders Are Scary: Most of the Faunus gathered instinctively run in fear at the mere sight of the Aggromantulas. Justified, considering how aggressive they are, and that of the Faunus present are civilians.
  • The Unreveal: Velvet's 'mage' abilities, and her weapon, were deliberately not used in the chapter since they were only teased at the time of its release.
  • War Elephants: The Speaker is likely meant to invoke this sort of image, described as having the trunk of one and two bandoleers strung across his chest.

     "Born and Bred" 
  • Badass Family: The Roses, the Schnees, and the Xiao Longs all seem to have at least one Huntsman or Huntress in the adult generation, though usually retired and occasionally deceased.
  • Bonding over Missing Parents: Word of God is this was intended to be the case for Ruby and Weiss, hence their backgrounds both having deceased birth mothers.
  • Canon Discontinuity: Following revelations from Season Two and Three of the show, the Author has more or less declared this to be the case with the chapter. But he's yet to re-write it or take it down.
  • Doting Grandparent: Amber Rose adores little Ruby and is happy to give her gifts and bake her cookies. Equally applies to Yang, though they do not interact in this chapter.
  • Dysfunctional Family: The Schnees have shades of this. Weiss' father has become cold, her mother is dead, her stepmother is a self-serving witch, and her brother is absent. No wonder Weiss has had so much trouble fitting in once she got to Beacon.
  • Granny Classic: Bakes, sews, owns Cats... yeah, Grandma Rose apparently fulfills all the requirements.
  • Fairytale Motifs: Continues and expands upon a lot of the ideas present in the four trailers that introduced the girls. Special mention has to be given, however, to a visit to Ruby's grandmother and Weiss 'Wicked Stepmother' Ursula.
  • Missing Mom: Ruby, Yang, and Weiss suffer from this, their birth mothers being deceased or missing. Blake takes this a step further by having no parents at all, though averts the trope by feeling no sadness over the fact.
  • The Hecate Sisters: Grandmother Rose's three cats are named Selene, Phoebe, and Luna. Word of God is that they were named after the Three Witches of Shakespearian fame.
  • The Password Is Always "Swordfish": They have a more complicated song and dance to get to it but in the end the password to get into the home is even the Trope Namer.

     "Hard and Soft" 
  • Badass Bookworm: Velvet, it's implied all magi in RWBY are this way.
  • Blade Reflection: Jaune's Crocea Mors has one, which he uses to have a one-sided conversation with.
  • Breakable Weapons: Implied to have happened off-screen just before the chapter starts, to one or more of them. The rest are just getting standard maintenance and cleaning.
  • Elegant Weapon for a More Civilized Age: Crocea Mors is described as something akin to this, which may explain why it's one of the few weapons that is not also a Gun.
  • Forging Scene: Ruby's sequence.
  • Rule of Cool: As with the series, trumps Real World Physics, Mechanics, and anything else that might impede a good story.
  • Shout-Out: Nora's scene gets three, to the Mighty Thor of Marvel, He-Man, and Back to the Future. Also acts as something of a Call-Forward to her semblance reveal in Volume Three.
  • Split Hair: Ren does this to test his Storm Flower after cleaning and sharpening them.
  • Textile Work Is Feminine: Blake shows she can sew, though according to Word of God, she learned from Adam, which subverts this.
  • Too Spicy for Yog-Sothoth: Nora's reaction to getting struck by lightning is to exhale a cloud of smoke, shake off the grime, and shout up at the Heavens to "do it again!" If Remnant has any Gods, they wisely decided not to indulge her. This scene becomes Hilarious in Hindsight once you remember what Nora's semblance was revealed to be in Volume Three.
  • Ultimate Blacksmith: Ruby, who forged and assembled Crescent Rose, a very complicated and multi-purpose weapon, by herself. If that doesn't qualify you, I don't know what does.
  • Unlimited Wardrobe: Velvet's closet is stuffed to the brim with a lot of weird outfits, in a Shout-Out to the contest held to design her look in the show.
  • Wrench Wench: Yang is implied to be partially one, disassembling her Ember Silica and re-assembling it with a series of screws. All the girls have shades of this.

     "Hide and Seek" 
  • All Just a Dream: Played with, as at least Ruby is definitely attacked by the Nightmare, but it's ambigious as to whether everyone else's nightmare attacks really happen or if it's only part of Ruby's nightmare (that her friends are being tormented and she can't help them) and it's only what she thinks her friends would be tormented by in their dreams.
  • Call-Forward: The snakes in Pyrrha's nightmare brought her down to her knees and left her helpless when it bit her ankle. The very same place she would later be shot and crippled by Cinder.
  • Catapult Nightmare: Averted. Ruby awakens after the Nightmare is over with her leg jerking, and then rolls out of bed instead of sitting straight up.
  • Clock Tower: The setting for Penny's dream.
  • Dreaming of Things to Come: Penny being a machine. Word of God is the author wanted that to be the case, but left it vague in case it turned out to be otherwise. Could also count as a Call-Forward.
  • Forced to Watch: Ruby have to see her friends tortured within their nightmares, and is powerless to do anything about it until she manages to find a way to get them out.
  • Hellish Horse: The Nightmare definitely has shades of this, at least in the real world. The author claims it looks like a mix of the Changelings, and the servants of Pitch Black.
  • I'm Your Worst Nightmare: The Nightmare claims to be everyone's worst nightmare, but Ruby scoffs at the idea of it, and its later shown to be rather pathetic as Grimm go. Some of the dreams suffered by the characters, however, may fit the trope.
  • Nightmare Sequence: Most of the chapter is this.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Ozpin defeating the Nightmare in the real world. Word of God is that this was to avoid showing how he fights or what his weapon is, since neither had been revealed in the show up to this point. Also functions as a Gory Discretion Shot, based on how terrified a living embodiment of fear is of Ozpin.
  • Personal Horror: Blake's nightmare has her turn into a panther that attacks and feeds on her friends, with Blake unable to do anything but watch in horror in her mind.
  • Primal Fear: Ruby and her friends have nightmares revolving around these, namely bugs (An injured and powerless Yang finds herself being attacked by a swarm of rapier wasps), snakes and being eaten alive (Pyrhha finds herself attacked by snakes and is about to be eaten by a Taijitu Grimm), humiliation (Sun becomes a clown performing at the circus, only to be jeered, mocked, and pelted by produce), existential dread (Nora becomes invisible, inaudible, and intangible to her friends, with everyone forgetting her), sadism (Weiss gets psychologically tortured by reflections taunting her about her insecurities; Velvet gets assaulted by Team CRDL and is about to be gang-raped; Penny is about to be disassembled alive), and abandonment or disownment from friends and family (Jaune turns into a baby as he is abandoned and cruelly taunted by the now adult versions of his friends Pyrhha, Ruby, and Weiss; Ren's mother disowns him, claiming he brought shame upon his family and forces him commit Seppuku). Ruby herself is Forced to Watch her friends be victimized and is unable to do anything to help at first.
  • Red String of Fate: Alluded to, but ultimately zigzagged, as red strings bind Ruby to all of her friends. It is interesting to note, however, that her pinkies were linked to Weiss and Jaune, two of her most prominent potential Love Interests in the series. Word of God is that the author was indeed referencing the Japanese Myth with the imagery, but did not wish to commit to a particular pairing.
  • Staring Down Cthulhu: Both Ruby in the dream and Ozpin in the real world find their own ways to terrify a Nightmare, a Grimm that lives by instilling and feeding off of fear. Also, despite being petrified of his mother's wrath, Ren does not hesitate to defend Nora.
  • "What Do They Fear?" Episode
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Bonus points for Pyrrha's nightmare actually including snakes.
  • Winged Unicorn: Borrowing influences from the Changelings of MLP Fame, the Nightmare is described with leathery wings and a twisted horn.

     "Tomb and Trap" 
  • Ancient Tomb: Filled with traps and labyrinth-like in nature. Worse, the walls shift and change to make it even harder to maneuver around. Ruby works out that it's more like a puzzle than a tomb midway through.
  • Booby Trap: To name a few: saws, darts, sliding walls, flames, pit traps, and crushing ceilings. Most of which seem to be poisoned, though that is admittedly guesswork on the part of the victims since nobody is affected.
  • Clockwork Creature: The final boss, dubbed a Clockwork Golem. It's ridiculously tough, and even implied to be impossible to beat. That's part of the test.
  • Cool Key: The Relics.
  • Descending Ceiling: Penny gets caught under one. It proves to be even heavier than her robotic strength can handle, forcing Ruby to yank her out of harm's way before she's crushed.
  • Hidden Depths: Emerald is implied to have some, she manages to work well alongside Ruby and the others despite her status as The Mole.
  • Lock and Key Puzzle: The various relics collected at the beginning of the maze turn out to be the components to a key to get them out.
  • Secret Test of Character: The entire mission was learning more about the team leaders' personalities and flaws.
  • Spikes of Doom.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Some leaders are more keen to play with others, and Ozpin later admits the labyrinth and few rules in play are designed to make it hard to play nice together.
  • Trap Door: Several, see the The Walls Are Closing In below.
  • The Walls Are Closing In: Whenever the maze shifts if you're in the wrong spot, which includes both ceilings and floors.
  • Understatement: Jaune spouts one when the Clockwork Golem is assembled in front of them.

     "Sick and Well" 
  • Calling Your Attacks: Yang and Blake have a new one, "Sunflower", which they use to destroy the Zero Carrier.
  • Caretaker Reversal: In the end of the story, Ruby tucks in Weiss in gratitude for taking care of her all day.
  • Crapsack World: Remnant, or at least some parts of it, has had a total of three Dark Ages.
  • Expy: Doctor Gnowit, or Doctor Who?
  • Fate Worse than Death: Played for Laughs, in that Glynda makes announcements of school expulsion sound like this. At least, according to Ozpin.
  • Fever Dream Episode: Averted. We've no idea what Ruby's dreaming about while sick. However, the author does say he'd love to explore the idea in another installment.
  • Find the Cure!: Blake and Yang's subplot to the story, involving them tackling Fuath Grimm. While Yang is quickly falling ill herself.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: When Weiss makes an impassionate plea for Ruby to live, saying they can't have a Team RWBY without her.
  • Nurse with Good Intentions: Weiss means well, she truly does.
  • Pun: Yang pulls off a few of these as the sickness starts to take hold of her.
  • Shock and Awe: Neptune takes advantage of the nearby river and his electrified weapon to fry him some Fuath Grimm. In something of a Call-Forward to his using a similar move against Team NDGO.
  • Shout-Out: When trying to goad Nora into hitting her (and thus activating her semblance) Yang seemingly channels both Tyler Durden and the Joker.
  • Working Through the Cold: Yang. Fortunately, figures out just in time her semblance has a countering effect on the disease. And immediately asks her teammates to hit her.

     "Good and Evil" 
  • Face Death with Dignity: Well, as much dignity as can be in sticking your tongue out, but Neo faces her end well.
  • Fairytale Motif: Expanded upon, thanks to the AU nature of the chapter. Particularly with the character of Ozpin, referred to frequently as 'The Wizard' and who appears as a great holographic head to his subjects in order to appear great and powerful.
  • Mirror Universe: The premise in a nutshell, showing evil versions of our favorite heroes and good versions of their villainous counterparts.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: The final segment reveals Ruby Rose, of all people, set up Cinder and Ozpin to fight and kill each other so that she alone can rule.
  • Shout-Out: Countless ones, particularly to the 'Mirror-verse' of Star Trek fame. Also, while Ironwood's robot soldiers mostly stick to the classic "crush-kill-destroy", at least one rather hilariously also tacks on 'Swag!' to its repertoire.

     "Moms and Dads" 

     "Rose and Wolf" 
  • Genius Bruiser: Scar is fast, strong, smart, and shrugs off bullet-fire, making him a truly challenging opponent.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: The Beowolf Scar, who bears his namesake across one of his eyes, leaving him half-blind.
  • Half the Wolf He used to Be: Ultimately, Scar is defeated by another scythe-wielder who bifurcates him right down the middle.
  • Heroic Blue Screen of Death: Yang suffers one the instant she recognizes Scar, leaving her unable to continue fighting.
  • It Can Think: Scar is smarter than the average Beowolf, hunting Ruby and Yang specifically instead of indiscriminately killing and using one girl as bait to lure in the others.
  • Never Mess with Granny: Amber Rose is no slouch with a crossbow.
  • Stronger with Age: To the point that, unlike typical Beowolves, Scar is a challenge to the entire team, in part because he can think and plan, and strikes when they're vulnerable.
  • Super-Persistent Predator: Scar has apparently been tracking Yang and Ruby for years, waiting for a time they'd be vulnerable so it could strike.
  • The Big Bad Wolf: Scar fits this role more than any other Beowolf previously seen, by virtue of his cunning and ruthlessness, to say nothing of his personal Backstory and vendetta against Ruby and Yang.