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Destinies of Remnant is a RWBY fanfic by SolidSocialistShiba, a member of the duo TeaWithNyarlathotep. The premise is a set of eight What If? stories, each completely confined to their chapter.

The first chapter, The Wolves and the Soulless, has the deviation occur in "Heroes And Monsters," in which Roman Torchwick survives the Battle of Beacon, changing the course of Remnant history.

The second chapter, It's Your Blood That's Red Like Roses, has the deviation occur in "Tipping Point," where Ruby Rose and Tyrian Callows both die in the fight between the two factions, leaving Jaune Arc to pick up the pieces while Cinder Fall hunts the late Ruby's teammates.

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The third chapter, I'm Not Your Sacrifice, has the deviation occur at an unspecified point in Volume 3, focusing on Pyrrha Nikos after she ran away from her duty of being the Fall Maiden and settled in a small town being harassed by the SDC.

The fourth chapter, Be Glad You Existed, is merely summarized with the words "It's time." The deviation is that Rhodes saved Cinder as a child, leading to her becoming a skilled Huntress and one of Ozpin's inner circle.

The fifth chapter, Exposed to the Sun, focuses on a rule change in PVP, preventing Pyrrha from fighting Penny at all, leaving things ambiguous as to what exactly happened to cause this deviation. It turns out that Mercury and Emerald pulled a Heel–Face Turn after feeling Cinder had gone too far.

The sixth chapter, This World Will Have No Peace features a version of Adam Taurus who missed one of the humans back in his character short, letting Ghira Belladonna die and putting Adam on a very different path to vengeance.

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The seventh chapter, They'll Eat Each Other Whole, is the fic's Halloween Episode, focused on a version of Remnant where vampires are the main threat rather than Grimm, and the protagonists having to deal with a mysterious special vampire calling themself "Count Crimson."

The eighth and final chapter, You Will (Not) Prevail, has its summary simply open with lyrics from the show's "Divide." The deviation is that, in this timeline, Salem was the one who died; the end result is Ozma turning into the greatest villain Remnant ever came to know.


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Tropes in Destinies of Remnant include:

  • Adaptational Nice Guy:
    • In Chapter Four, all of Cinder's team is this— especially Adam, who underwent a Heel–Faith Turn. While the others were retconned into good guys by Cinder not being evil, Adam genuinely deals with his own issues and becomes a hero.
    • In Chapter Five, Emerald and Mercury decide they Know When to Fold 'Em with Cinder's ambition and decide to perform a Heel–Face Turn.
    • Chapter Six is based around this premise. While a Villain Protagonist, the version of Adam presented became The Chessmaster instead of a creepy stalker, showing ten times more class and politeness than his canon counterpart ever did.
  • Adaptational Sympathy:
    • Chapter Five provides us with a more sympathetic take on Cinder, who's grown disillusioned with Hunters as a whole and turned against them due to her tragic past with them. While she's still spiteful and cruel, more emphasis is placed on her sympathetic traits than in canon.
    • Chapter Five's Adam Taurus is presented with a greater emphasis on his nature as He Who Fights Monsters, with him even contemplating his actions and violent ways and concluding that he is perhaps a monster. In fact, he gets a pointedly tragic scene in which he sheds a single bloody tear while preparing to attack Beacon. Not that it impeded his willingness to commit awful crimes.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Chapter Six's Jacques Schnee, unlike the simple Corrupt Corporate Executive of canon, is Remnant's biggest crime kingpin under the table. Not only does he practice slavery using prison labor, he also backs terrorist organizations and is even implied to engage in Faunus trafficking and eventually murders a man himself. It's only fitting that a chapter that makes Adam an Adaptational Nice Guy would depict Jacques in such a negative light.
  • Ambition Is Evil: Adam isn't just vengeful in Chapter Six. He's dangerously ambitious, and manages to weave said ambition into his planned revenge with disturbing smoothness. Part of his revenge is stealing the SDC out from under Jacques Schnee.
  • An Arm and a Leg: A recurring theme with Cinder's Grimm arm in Chapter Two. Both Qrow and Jaune cut it off at points.
  • Anyone Can Die: Thanks to the alternate timeline, readers can't expect everyone to make it out of any given story. So far, between the first two timelines presented, casualties include Ruby herself, Tyrian, Cinder, Watts, Sienna Khan, Adam, and Qrow.
  • Arc Villain: Every one of the first five chapters has a main antagonist.
    • In Chapter One, Adam serves the role of The Heavy, but Torchwick is the proper main villain of the chapter, and gets away with arranging the White Fang's destruction along with Ironwood taking Menagerie.
    • In Chapter Two, Cinder is dispatched to hunt down the remains of Ruby's team. The Apathy also plays a role in this.
    • In Chapter Three, the Arc Villain initially seems to be the "Schnee Mob," but it's in reality a corrupted Jaune who's been stalking Pyrrha with intent to kill her.
    • In Chapter Four, the main villain is Arthur Watts, who plans to invade Beacon via a CCT tower.
    • Chapter Five has Adam Taurus and Cinder Fall as its main villains, attacking Beacon after Cinder's plans go wrong.
    • Chapter Six's Arc Villain is Jacques Schnee, the Corrupt Corporate Executive Adam desperately wants vengeance upon.
  • The Atoner: Chapter Four gives us Adam Taurus, who has undergone a Heel–Faith Turn and fights alongside the heroes as part of "Team MECA".
  • Badass Normal: In a world of Semblances, Watts in Chapter Four manages to take down twenty security guards with nothing but his gun, a grenade, careful exploitation of his surroundings, and brutal pragmatism.
  • The Bad Guy Wins:
    • In Chapter One, Roman earns leave from Ironwood to live in a seaside mansion, killing countless White Fang members alongside Sienna and Adam, and gives Ironwood a perfect excuse to occupy Menagerie. The only consolation is that he's living in Mantle, which means his happy ending won't last forever.
    • In Chapter Six, Adam steals Jacques's company, takes his revenge, has Weiss and Winter disinherited (Though Weiss herself renounces her family name and inheritance afterward) and fortunately enough happens to save Atlas in the process. That's a lot of power to give to someone like him, and the story makes it very clear that it's not necessarily a good thing.
  • Beyond the Impossible: The Apathy, a seemingly unstoppable killing machine from canon? Cinder tames it in Chapter Two, and isn't even affected by its presence. This doesn't last at all, but it's impressive enough for the length of time it lasted.
  • Bittersweet Ending:
    • The first chapter has Roman outplay Team RWBY, killing Sienna Khan and Adam Taurus, not to mention giving Ironwood reason to occupy Menagerie and making it out unscathed, though the author's notes make a point of noting his happy ending won't last forever; a Foregone Conclusion considering what happens in the show itself. That said, all of Team RWBY escapes unharmed and reunited. It's noted that Blake and Yang are dating, Weiss runs the SDC, and Menagerie will be a foothold against Salem's forces.
    • The second chapter ends with Cinder dying at Jaune's hands, and Jaune realizing he can be a true hero in Ruby and Pyrrha's memory, just as Oscar approaches to join the party. That said, Ruby is still dead, Qrow is dead too, Yang is in mourning, and Emerald is the Fall Maiden, meaning the Fall Maiden is still on Salem's side; not to mention that Leo Lionheart is working for Salem, and Jaune's party is right in his territory.
    • The fourth chapter ends with the heroes winning, as per usual. Watts and his scheme are brought down, the White Fang is captured, and though it cost a reformed Adam's life, the heroes return home alive. Yang and Blake are implied to be dating, the White Fang is reformed by Blake and Sienna, and Beacon is shut down. Worst of all, however, Ruby's betrayal by Cinder to save Beacon from Watts disillusions her with Huntsman, brings out her latent negative feelings toward her mother, and drives her straight into Salem's hands.
    • The fifth chapter ends with the Battle of Beacon being stopped with minimal casualties, with Cinder and Adam defeated and Pyrrha being made the Fall Maiden. Salem's existence is exposed to the world, preventing her forces from acting in secret, and Mercury and Emerald have no regrets over their defection. However, Cinder and Adam both survive the battle and manage to reunite with Tyrian, Watts, and Hazel, with the five of them promising to continue their mission in spite of the loss.
    • The sixth chapter ends with Jacques stopped, thousands of innocents freed from their enslavement under him, and Adam's victory. However, Adam's victory is a key point in all this; now Adam is in control of the SDC, and while he may be an Adaptational Nice Guy compared to canon, that doesn't mean his reign is going to be a happy one. On the bright side, Adam decides to give hope (and by proxy, the world) a chance before he starts using his newfound power for evil. It seems optimistic on the surface, but as the author's notes point out, Adam is still extremely dangerous.
  • Black-and-Grey Morality:
    • Chapter One features Sienna Khan and Roman Torchwick versus Adam Taurus; a Well-Intentioned Extremist and Gentleman Thief versus an Ax-Crazy psychopath. As it turns out, Roman instigated the conflict to begin with, knowing Team RWBY could accept it easier if this trope were in play.
    • Chapter Four has Arthur Watts, a homicidally petty and spiteful Mad Scientist, versus Cinder, who remains well-intentioned yet willing to put innocent people like Ruby in danger to achieve her ends.
    • Chapter Six features Adam against Jacques. Adam is a sinister Manipulative Bastard with nothing but selfish intentions at heart, but he does have genuine moments of kindness, doesn't hurt people when it's unnecessary, and draws the line at certain acts. In contrast, Jacques is just a racist Smug Snake with nothing but greed and paranoia in mind when he takes any and all of his actions.
  • Bloodier and Gorier: The vampire-centric seventh chapter is far more abundant on gore than the others, since blood and violence are iconic vampire traits.
  • Breather Episode:
    • The fourth chapter is far more lighthearted than previous chapters, focusing on heroic versions of villains allying with Team RWBY to end a plot by Arthur Watts. That said, it has a very Bittersweet Ending— while Watts is stopped, Ruby is disillusioned with heroism and is at risk of being corrupted by Salem.
    • If the fourth chapter wasn't it, the fifth absolutely is. The deviation it focuses on is small but essential, with it being a much lighter chapter on the whole. All the good guys come out alive, the villains are defeated, and literally no named characters die in a first for the fic. Even Adam, who was literally cornered by a pack of Grimm and had lost an arm, shows up again afterwards.
    • While Chapter Seven is horror-themed, it's also much, much Denser and Wackier than the typical Destinies story, featuring characters casually offing vampires, the sheer ridiculousness that is Jaune as an evil mastermind and his refusal to take anything especially seriously, and a lot more jokes than usual.
  • The Cavalry: Near the end of the second chapter, the Mistral military saves Jaune, Nora, and Ren from the Apathy.
  • Crossover: The seventh chapter ends with Salem contacting Strahd von Zarovich from across dimensions, and forming an alliance with him.
  • Darker and Edgier:
    • The first chapter is essentially a fun romp similar to the show's earlier seasons, greatly focused on Roman and his alliance with Team RWBY, with the team banding together. The only named casualties are Sienna Khan and Adam Taurus— both villains, though the former is a more sympathetic villain. The second chapter opens with Ruby herself dying and has a much more brutal and depressing tone, focused on Jaune's internal struggles, and racks up a much higher bodycount of named characters even beyond Ruby, including Tyrian, Watts, Qrow, and Cinder.
    • The third chapter focuses on Pyrrha's Refusal of the Call, and has an almost horror-esque tone in its second half, with Pyrrha showing down against one enemy— a corrupted Jaune Arc, who she kills. Aside from some quick flashes of humor, it's a dark chapter through and through.
    • The sixth chapter, despite not being especially grim in terms of casualties, is also much darker in tone and slower in pace, since it's following a version of Adam Taurus in a revenge quest. It delves into topics of slavery, prejudice, and revenge; not to mention mental illness and trauma are central themes.
  • Dark Is Evil: As per usual, Adam Taurus, Cinder Fall, and Salem are all clearly displaying their characteristic dark color schemes, not to mention the Grimm. However, the fic adds a couple specific examples.
    • The mysterious "Grimm" in Chapter Three is in reality Jaune Arc, darkened and corrupted beyond recognition.
    • While Adam always counted for Dark Is Evil in canon, his depiction in Chapter Six takes the cake. Everything he has is Red and Black and Evil All Over, and when he creates his new world at the end, he carries on with that color scheme.
  • Death by Adaptation: The fic provides a set of deaths, all before the characters die in canon if they do at all.
    • Ruby herself dies to kick off the second chapter, poisoned by Tyrian.
    • Tyrian quickly follows in Ruby's footsteps, killed by Qrow in a blind rage.
    • Qrow is killed by Cinder and the Apathy.
    • Cinder is shot by Crescent Rose, and killed by the Apathy when she loses control of them.
    • Jaune Arc ends up dying to Pyrrha at the end of the third chapter, since he's been corrupted.
    • Tyrian bites it again in Chapter Four, courtesy of Watts taking a "hunting trip" with him.
  • Denser and Wackier: Chapter Seven is much more laden with jokes than most chapters despite its Gothic Horror setting; it plays on many vampire tropes humorously, has many a Shout-Out, carries an overtly silly tone, and not only does Jaune turn out to be the main villain and an evil mastermind, he cracks jokes pretty much the entire final fight. Oh, and then? Salem contacts Strahd von Zarovich. It's clearly not a very serious chapter.
  • Dies Differently in Adaptation:
    • Sienna and Adam in Chapter One are killed in the White Fang base explosion, rather than via impalement like in canon.
    • Arthur Watts falls to the Apathy in Chapter Two.
    • Chapter Four gives us two examples: Watts is killed by Cinder and turns to ash thanks to a Fire Dust arrow, and Adam is killed by his own Moonslice in a Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: The third chapter initially seems to have the "Schnee Mob," a set of SDC thugs, as its main villains. Of course, this being a Pyrrha-centric story where the protagonist quickly outclasses them, they're traded at the halfway point for a corrupted Jaune Arc, who takes center stage and nearly kills Pyrrha himself.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome:
    • In the second chapter, Qrow charges directly into superheated fire to kill his opponent, Cinder. Unfortunately, he fails to land a blow.
    • The death of Adam in Chapter Four. He breaks his vow of peace and unleashes a wave of Moonslice so powerful that it disintegrates everything in the room— himself included. It's the most powerful he's ever seen at.
    • Subverted by Watts, who reaches for a detonator to detonate everyone... and dies before he can hit the button, killing nobody.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: In Chapter Five, the heroes finally gain a complete victory. They win the Battle of Beacon without a single named casualty due to Mercury and Emerald's defection, and after a brutal fight, Cinder is driven back. While Salem sends her entire council to compensate, it's a much happier ending than normal.
  • Enemy Mine: Team RWBY allies with Roman Torchwick out of convenience in the first chapter. Torchwick uses this opportunity to play things into his hands, perfectly achieving his orders.
  • Evil Versus Evil:
    • Chapter One has Roman Torchwick and Neopolitan (admittedly alongside the heroes) go up against the White Fang in Chapter One. It's a crime lord versus a terrorist organization. Torchwick wins hard— he erases the White Fang from the map in pretty much one night.
    • Cinder and Watts retain their enmity from canon, which only grows when the two are on a mission together. It isn't long before Cinder offs him in the field.
    • Chapter Six's conflict is between Adam, a backstabbing, vengeance-fueled Manipulative Bastard, and Jacques Schnee, who runs a Mega-Corp that is essentially a criminal empire. Adam is the Villain Protagonist while Jacques is very clearly the main antagonist. Adam tricks Jacques into handing over his company and has him arrested, alongside saving Atlas when Jacques has a Villainous Breakdown.
  • Foregone Conclusion: The reader knows that, due to the story not diverging too far from canon, Torchwick's happy life in Mantle from the end of Chapter One won't last due to the events of Volume 8.
  • For Want of a Nail: Each chapter has one divergence from canon, which, while seemingly innocuous, has major effects.
    • In the first chapter, Ruby figures out a way to beat Neo and Roman without seemingly killing Neo. Due to this, Roman and Neo survive, Ruby allies with them against Salem's forces, Team RWBY reunites early, and Roman singlehandedly organizes the end of the White Fang and the deaths of Adam Taurus and Sienna Khan, giving way to Ironwood occupying Menagerie.
    • In the second chapter, Qrow arrives seconds too late to keep Ruby from getting poisoned by Tyrian. The end result is Ruby dying, Qrow killing Tyrian, and Team JNR deviating from their course entirely. On the villains' side, Cinder kills Watts far earlier than in canon, before dying herself thanks to Jaune. Emerald becomes the Fall Maiden.
    • In the third chapter, something much less inconspicuous changes. Pyrrha Nikos refuses to become the Fall Maiden, and as such, Jaune Arc ends up corrupted into a brutal Grimm hybrid, Salem fakes her death and continues plotting things out two years later, and the world is none the wiser to her being alive.
    • In the fourth chapter, Rhodes saved Cinder from enslavement years ago and Cinder became a very skilled Huntress and one of Ozpin's inner circle, forcing Watts to work on his own and orchestrate the fall of Beacon, an attempt he fails at... unfortunately, Cinder's morally gray methods disillusion Ruby and it's implied Ruby may join Salem thanks to her. All this change happened because a Huntsman rescued one girl.
    • In the fifth chapter, Mercury and Emerald somehow sabotage the system at the Festival, preventing Pyrrha and Penny from fighting each other. The result is the Battle of Beacon, while still occurring, becoming a complete failure, with Cinder being driven back, the Fall Maiden powers going to Pyrrha, the White Fang being almost disbanded, and Salem's group being exposed.
    • In the sixth chapter, Adam misses a shot and accidentally lets Ghira Belladonna die, causing him to see himself as a failure. The end result is an Adam who is no less vengeful, but slightly less evil and a lot more effective and clever. Among other things, rather than targeting all humans, he aims straight for the top, deciding he will settle things with Jacques Schnee and put himself on top, to boot.
  • Genre Shift:
    • The third chapter is a Pyrrha-focused chapter that initially plays out more like an old-school Shane-style western (with elements of horror) than a typical RWBY-style story. Then it transitions into straight horror as the corrupted Jaune hunts her down and fights her.
    • The sixth chapter is very much an intense drama or revenge thriller moreso than a fantasy story. While it still focuses on Remnant and still features its fantastical elements, the adventures are eschewed in favor of a focus on Adam's vendetta against Jacques, his way of handling it, and the consequences.
  • Fantastic Racism:
    • The fact he's reformed in Chapter Four doesn't stop Adam from holding some ill will toward humans. Not too much, but he outright states he still hates them even if he's just fine collaborating with them.
    • A huge theme in Chapter Six. Jacques thinks of Faunus as less than human; of course, this isn't saying much, since Jacques doesn't seem to see other humans as people anyways.
  • Heel–Faith Turn: Adam Taurus of all people experiences one prior to the events of Chapter Four, all thanks to the intervention of Cinder.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Despite both thinking they could control it in Chapter Two, Cinder and Watts both end up put down by the Apathy. Especially notable with Cinder, who outright had it under her command... until she lost control when Jaune shot her.
  • Hope Springs Eternal: The main theme of Chapter Two. Even though Ruby and later Qrow die in the fight against evil, other heroes live on— most notably Jaune, who takes up Ruby's weapon and becomes her successor in all but name.
  • Hunting "Accident": Watts mentions offhand in Chapter Five that the mission fell to him after Tyrian "fell" in a "hunting" trip with him.
  • In Spite of a Nail:
    • Sienna Khan and Adam still die in Chapter One, and the White Fang still falls. It's just quicker this time around.
    • Also in Chapter One, Ironwood occupies Menagerie under false pretenses, having sent Roman out to provide reason for it— a signal that he's starting his descent into evil from canon.
    • Even though everything's changed, in Chapter Two, Oscar still manages to meet the heroes, and implicitly Ozpin with him.
  • Light Is Not Good: In Chapter Six, Jacques Schnee always wears white. Tellingly, he's somehow even more despicable than Adam by a wide margin, being more vicious, prejudiced, and actively vile with his operations.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: In Chapter Two. As Jaune notes, if Qrow hadn't arrived mere seconds too late, Ruby would have survived— she would've been taken by Tyrian, which wouldn't be nice unto itself, but Qrow killing Tyrian in a rage was what sealed Ruby's fate.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome:
    • In Chapter One, Ruby and Yang take out multiple mooks offscreen, with the story returning to them once the fight is done.
    • Prior to Chapter Four, Cinder apparently captured and talked down none other than Adam Taurus himself!
    • In Chapter Four, Yang and Mercury taking on a group of machine gun turrets is completely offscreen, with it picking up again after they're done. In the same chapter, it's implied that Watts somehow managed to kill Tyrian offscreen.
    • In Chapter Five, Cinder takes on a veritable gauntlet of foes. While part of the fight is onscreen, Cinder defeats multiple named characters without much as to how it happened during the cuts away from her action.
    • In Chapter Five, Adam, despite losing an arm, apparently manages to take out an entire room full of Grimm, since he has no interest in running away, no viable escape route, and shows up with a robotic arm later on in the chapter.
    • In Chapter Six, the city of Atlas saves itself from Jacques Schnee's Villainous Breakdown, with some help from the White Fang.
  • One-Man Army: It's a What If? of RWBY. This trope is natural considering the World of Badass the source material takes place in.
    • Sun in Chapter One is described as wiping out White Fang mooks "like a machine."
    • In Chapter Four, Arthur Watts takes out a total of twenty men in a lengthy action sequence, equipped with only a revolver, a couple grenades, and his wits.
    • Chapter Five has a brutal example in the form of Cinder Fall, who fights Jaune, Nora, Ren, Weiss, Ruby, Penny, Emerald, and Mercury in a row— and wins, only to get humiliatingly defeated by Pyrrha.
    • An offscreen example in Chapter Five, due to Adam taking on an entire room full of Grimm, one-armed, and winning.
  • "Ray of Hope" Ending: The third chapter's ending is quite dark. Salem is alive, Pyrrha fights and kills a corrupted Jaune, and has to leave her life behind. That said, there is a small victory— Pyrrha gains the information that Salem is alive and starts traveling the world to reveal the truth.
  • Refusal of the Call: The cause of the third chapter's timeline. Pyrrha Nikos runs away from Beacon after being offered the opportunity to be the Fall Maiden.
  • Ruder and Cruder: The language in Chapter Six is harsher than the rest of the fic. This is first indicated by Adam saying "Fuck the White Fang" at its start. Other characters follow suit, with curses being tossed around much more liberally.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Willow Schnee in Chapter Six. The one conversation she has with Adam finally lets him release his years of pent-up trauma and express his hatred, which leads him to a more hopeful conclusion.
  • Spared by the Adaptation:
    • Chapter One has this as the entire premise; Roman survives the Battle of Beacon where he died in the main series, and proceeds about his usual antics.
    • Chapter Four spares Rhodes due to him saving Cinder and getting out of dodge.
    • Chapter Five spares Roman again due to him never getting released during the improvised Battle of Beacon, which is lampshaded as he sits in his prison cell.
  • Take Up My Sword: Jaune uses Crescent Rose to shoot Cinder near the end of the second chapter. He then has it reforged into a greatsword.
  • Take That!: In Chapter Five, Roman is left sitting in his prison cell during the improvised Battle of Beacon, noting that he feels like "something really terrible and contrived was supposed to happen to me right about now".
  • Taking You with Me: Watts attempts this when cornered in Chapter Four. Thanks to Cinder's timely intervention, he fails completely.
    I suppose... better to burn out than...
  • Villain Has a Point:
    • In Chapter One, Roman points out that Huntsmen are essentially legalized criminals, with licenses to commit vigilantism. Then he points out that he himself was released due to being useful, so the heroes can't judge him. Team RWBY end up conceding the point.
    • In Chapter Five, Watts states outright that Cinder is only in it for herself. While he's a Smug Snake, Cinder ends up confirming that she went off-book to recruit Ruby to achieve her goals.
    • In Chapter Six, Sienna and Adam directly trade examples. Sienna calls out Adam for being a narcissistic "child," which Adam impotently refutes, only to follow up by laying out that the White Fang is backed by Jacques Schnee under a shell company. The following speech breaks Sienna's will.
    "Yes," Adam responded. "Backing every single attack the White Fang has perpetrated. Every weapon or bit of Dust we’ve bought legitimately. The SDC, under different names. Jacques Schnee has funded every one of our attacks. Every casualty. Every death. All of it, on his hands. He played us for fools, Sienna, just like he’s been doing from the start. Even those supremacists, the ones who killed Ghira? He hired them to catch us. He knew their views. We fell right into his hands, time and time again, as he drove us to further violence. He even has all his shipments insured. Every blow we thought we were striking against him was just more money in his pocket. The White Fang isn’t rebelling against the SDC, it’s a goddamn subsidiary! Everything you ever fought for was a lie!"
    • In Chapter Six, Adam points out that Weiss can't just go and tell the public about the truth; they have to know the truth, at least many of them, and if she tries to tell them the only one who will suffer is her. He does end up caving to her as part of his plan, having her expose Jacques's crimes in a video once Adam's released the evidence to the world.
    • Chapter Six delivers Adam unleashing a broken rant to Willow, where he rails against humanity for leaving him (Though he notably doesn't mention his fellow Faunus at all) to suffer. Ultimately a Downplayed Trope though, as while Willow doesn't refute his claims or try to downplay his pain, she does call out the fact he just wants power and point out that he's lashing out due to his trauma.
    "Where?” Adam asked. “That’s always what people say. There are good humans. Where were they? Where were the good humans when I was in the mines? Where were the good humans when I was starving? When my body was falling apart? Where were the good humans when I was running away? Where were they when I walked the streets, branded, my very face proof of Jacques Schnee’s crimes? The same place they always were. Right there. They could see it. They just didn’t care! I don’t hate humans. I hate humanity. That apathy. That sick feeling that there’s nothing we can do. I hate it because I know it’s right."
  • Villain Protagonist:
    • Chapter One prominently features Roman among the heroes, performing an Enemy Mine despite still being unrepentantly evil.
    • Chapter Six is focused entirely on Adam, who while not as bad as in canon, is a ruthless and treacherous schemer who's just fine with destroying lives in order to claim his vengeance.
  • Wham Line:
    • The end of the first fight scene in Chapter Four serves as an indication of exactly what the chapter's premise is, and who Ruby's rescuer is.
    "I'm a Huntress," she said. "My name is Cinder Fall."
    • When the heroes arrive at the monastery in Chapter Four, they meet Cinder's fourth team member: Adam Taurus.
    From behind the tree emerged a man in a blue robe, the same as all the others. It clashed with his wild, long red hair and horns; it matched perfectly his left eye, yet his right remained scarred and crimson. Across his face ran a thick, red brand which read SDC.
    • Chapter Six gives us the line that reveals exactly who has been backing the White Fang, a horrific truth that breaks Sienna Khan into allying with Adam.
    Adam: "Backing every single attack the White Fang has perpetrated. Every weapon or bit of Dust we've bought legitimately. The SDC, under different names. Jacques Schnee has funded every one of our attacks."
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Out of all of Cinder's team seen in Chapter Five, Neopolitan remains completely unaccounted for by the end of the chapter.

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