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Lost to Dust by Brandocko is a crossover between RWBY and the Fate Series portion of the Nasuverse, particularly Fate/Grand Order and is the sequel to Fates Collide. It is set after an altered version of Volume 3 of RWBY.

Roughly a year after Team RWBY's adventure in Chaldea Academy, they will have separate but interconnected adventures. Ruby Rose and her uncle Qrow Branwen have been ordered to attend and investigate the brand new Clockwork Academy as a student and teacher respectively. Weiss Schnee has been ordered to assist her sister Winter on a mission to catch someone who has been ruthlessly murdering members of the White Fang and try to forge an alliance with the White Fang with the reluctant help of Adam Taurus. Blake Belladonna, after separately hearing about the White Fang murders, goes on a single-minded quest for vengeance while her boyfriend Achilles desperately tries to catch up to her. Yang Xiao Long goes with her boyfriend Gilgamesh and her friends Kairi Sisigou and Sakata Kintoki on a quest to seek her mother Raven Branwen. Meanwhile Cinder Fall and Chloe von Einzbern are on a quest to seek new alliances and capture the three remaining Maidens of the Seasons, and a mysterious third party is attacking both Ozpin and Salem's factions.


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    Tropes: A to F 
  • Accidental Murder: Weiss tries to take out one of the White Fang Killer's men non-lethally, but she accidentally slashes his throat.
  • Adaptational Superpower Change: In addition to his regular abilities, Beowulf has a Feed It with Fire ability (he gets more powerful whenever he is struck) similar to Yang.
  • Always Someone Better:
    • Atalanta beats Ruby in a race even when Ruby uses her Speed Semblance.
    • Beowulf has the same power as Yang, but his limits on taking damage and getting stronger are higher than hers.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Raikou is always embarrassing her son Kintoki.
  • Androids Are People, Too: Penny reveals she is an android to her team, thinking she will be rejected. They don't mind.
  • Apocalyptic Log: On the day she was killed, Ilia made a recording on her scroll in case she didn't make it. After explaining that someone was killing everyone in her unit, she declared her love for Blake and said she was planning to find her so that they could run away together. Then she was killed. Unfortunately, the recording doesn't show the face of her killer.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism:
    • Yang dismisses the Maidens of the Seasons as just a story. Kairi calls her out on this since they live in a crazy world and have seen a lot of crazy things already. She concedes his point.
    • Qrow is skeptical that Miyu could use Glyphs through training instead of being related to the Schnee family, then says it is impossible when Scathach says she is immortal. Scathach says he should learn not to limit his thinking.
  • Bare-Handed Blade Block:
    • During a sparring match, Bazett blocks Qrow's sword with the back of her hand. She does wear gloves, but Qrow is shocked that his attack did no damage at all. This is because Bazett uses the spell Rune of Armoring to make her gloves harder than tungsten steel.
    • The Headless Hunter catches Blake's cleaver and then sends her flying.
  • Battle Couple: We have Yang and Gilgamesh, Blake and Achilles, Sakamoto Ryouma and Oryou, and Sigurd and Brynhildr.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Adam appreciates Musashi for regularly visiting him in prison and giving him food.
  • The Bet: Qrow and Bazett have a match where if Qrow wins, Bazett will have to wear a maid outfit with a miniskirt for the rest of the school term, and if Bazett wins, Qrow will have to give up drinking and smoking for the rest of the school term. Bazett wins.
  • Blessed with Suck: Chloe attains the Fall Maiden powers upon Cinder's death.. However, due to being young her body ends up feeling pain as she is unaccustomed to the grand power of a Maiden.
  • Body-Count Competition:
    • Ruby and Gray get into one over a group of Beowolves. They end up tied at 20.
    • Ruby and Charlemagne get into one over a group of Beowolves. Even with Lobo helping her, Charlemagne wins 34 to 6.
  • Broken Pedestal: Brandamante started out as a fan of Mordred, but hates her after Mordred defends Ruby, whom she hates.
  • Can't Kill You, Still Need You: Salem told Cinder that they'll need people like Qrow to stop whoever has been murdering people.
  • Carnival of Killers: After a bounty is put on Yang, bounty hunters start going after her group. So far, they have been attacked by Billy the Kid and Beowulf.
  • Character Development: While he doesn't apologize for any of his crimes, Adam's year in prison has made him more humble.
  • Chess Motifs: Salem says Ozpin is a King because he is so weak that he needs others to do his dirty work for him, yet his side will fall if he falls. She says she is a Queen because she is the most powerful and her side will win in the end, even if she has to fall in a gambit to do it.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Oryou gets really angry when she notices Neo taking a liking to Sakamoto Ryouma. During their exhibition match, she tries to eat Neo.
  • Commonality Connection: Weiss and Nobunaga have a bonding moment when they learn they are both looked down upon by their families, and that they both have bratty Non-Action Guy little brothers.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: During an exhibition match, as soon as it begins, Anastasia freezes Bradamante in ice and throws her out of bounds before she can do anything.
  • Curse Cut Short: When Bazett tells Qrow that Miyu Edelfelt learned how to use Glyphs through training instead of being related to the Schnee family, he says, "That sounds like a load of sh-" but stops himself when he remembers he is in the presence of children.
  • Death by Despair: A few months ago, this almost happened to Adam when Musashi told him that Blake has a new boyfriend. He became unresponsive and stopped eating. Musashi eventually convinced him to live on.
  • Death Seeker: Scathach says she is immortal and hopes one day, she'll find an opponent powerful enough to kill her.
  • Delirious Misidentification: When she gets a concussion, Blake briefly mistakes Melanie and Miltia Malachite for Ruby and Weiss due to their similar color schemes.
  • Distressed Dude: Achilles gets captured by the White Fang after they mistake him for whoever has been going around killing people. After he manages to prove he's innocent, they keep him locked up until they can decide what to do with him.
  • Dramatic Ammo Depletion: Yang runs out of bullets during her fight with Beowulf.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him:
    • Cinder reveals that Tyrian Callows, Hazel Rainart, and Arthur Watts have been murdered by an unknown assailant who chopped off their heads.
    • Blake sees a news report showing that a White Fang base was attacked and everybody killed. To her horror, she sees her old friend Ilia Amitola's corpse in the background.
    • Blake later finds Junior murdered.
    • Weiss' group finds the White Fang Lieutenant with the chainsaw murdered.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Qrow reveals that James Ironwood, Nikola Tesla, and Thomas Edison, who had all desired Glynda Goodwitch, started drinking after Glynda started dating Vlad.
  • Enemy Mine:
    • Cinder warns Qrow to be careful about whoever has been going around killing people. Qrow however refuses an alliance because he's still angry about her attacking Amber and ultimately causing her death.
    • Winter's group is working with the White Fang to deal with whoever has been going around killing people, then Apocrypha is working on a deal to integrate the White Fang into its army.
    • Blake and Roman Torchwick are forced to work together when they are both attacked by the Headless Hunter.
  • Entertainingly Wrong: Ilia's autopsy reveals that she was killed with both a sword and a rifle, causing Blake to assume Adam did it, even though he was in prison at the time. Blake calls the prison and learns that he was recently released, which only fuels her conclusion. In reality, he was released in order to help Winter's group deal with the killer.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Roman Torchwick is an unrepentant criminal, but he is completely horrified by both the White Fang Killer and the Headless Hunter.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Yang comments on how hot Raikou is.
  • Feed It with Fire: Beowulf has the same Semblance as Yang, the ability to get stronger from taking damage.
  • The Fog of Ages: Salem says there was once a time when humanity was perfectly at peace, but she cannot remember what spoiled it.
  • For Want of a Nail:
    • Because of all the changes that happened in Fates Collide, the Breach did not happen and the Vytal Festival happened without any problems.
    • Because of Mercury, Emerald, Neo, and Roman defecting and then the murders of Tyrian, Hazel, and Arthur, right now, Salem's only operatives are Cinder and Chloe von Einzbern, but Salem found new potential allies in Apocrypha like Yu Miaoyi and Tamamo Vitch.
    • Because Qrow's Class Card (he's a Saber) lists his abilities, Ruby finds out about his ability to shape shift into a bird a lot earlier than canon.
    • Blake never had that discussion with Yang about slowing down and letting people help her that she got in the episode "Burning the Candle", so she is still self destructively obsessed with doing things on her own.
  • Fun with Acronyms:
    • Team RAMA: Ruby Rose, Anastasia Nikolaenva, Medusa, Atalanta.
    • Team MGNP (means Magenta in the pantone color system): Mordred, Gray, Neopolitan, Penny Polendina.
    • Team CBOS (Cherry Blossom): Charlemagne, Bradamante, Oryou, Sakamoto Ryouma.
    • Clockwork Academy's other team Prisma Zwei doesn't follow this rule. It has Illyasviel von Einzbern, Miyu Edelfelt, Abigail Williams, and Lavinia Whateley.
    • The White Fang's Elite Team SSCA (Scarlet or Scar): Siena Khan, Sheba, Caenis, Atalante/Atalanta Alter.

    Tropes: G to M 
  • A Glass in the Hand: When Achilles pisses off Sienna Khan by saying the White Fang's path of violence achieves nothing except causing pain and creating monsters like the White Fang Killer, she crushes the armrest on her throne.
  • Good Cannot Comprehend Evil: Melanie and Miltia are more amoral than evil, but Blake is shocked when they say unlike her, they do not feel an urge to help people.
  • Handshake Refusal: Scathach refuses to shake Qrow's hand. At first, he assumes she's being rude, but he looks down and sees that his hand is sweaty, cursing his luck.
  • Headless Horseman: One of the antagonists is the Headless Hunter.
  • Heroic BSoD: Mordred goes into one when she sees her deceased mother Arturia in Ruby's Reality Marble.
  • History Repeats: In Clockwork Academy, Ruby's new Team RAMA mirrors Team RWBY, which she notices. Anastasia is an upper class girl and ice queen, both figuratively and literally, who gets off on the wrong foot with Ruby like Weiss. Atalanta is a Cat Girl like Blake. Medusa is a super strong beauty like Yang.
  • I Have This Friend...: Ruby tries to get dating advice from her team by saying her friend "Rudy" has a crush on someone. She gets embarrassed when they say they know she's talking about herself and that she has a crush on Charlemagne.
  • Intimidating Revenue Service: Musashi is forced to join the military and help Weiss and Winter with their mission to avoid prison after she is guilty of tax evasion, entering Vale illegally, and property damage.
  • Is That Cute Kid Yours?: Tamamo Vitch mistakes Chloe for Cinder's daughter, then comments on how Chloe is already so big when Cinder looks so young to taunt her about her real age before being corrected.
  • Is This a Joke?: Weiss asks this when Winter tells her that they will be making an alliance with the White Fang.
  • Irony: Cinder once took and stole the Fall Maiden's power from Amber, ending her life. Upon being betrayed she herself ends up losing it alongside her semblance and even dying.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: When Musashi told Adam that Blake is dating Achilles, he says he's glad she's happy, though it is clear he's really upset about it.
  • I Work Alone: Much to Illya's sorrow, Miyu refuses to work together with her, and even refuses Qrow's advice on improving her fighting style, saying she is strong enough to win on her own.
  • The Knights Who Say "Squee!": Brandamante is a fan of the old Team Round Table (Arthur, Lancelot, Gawain, and Merlin), so she is happy that Merlin is the headmaster of Clockwork Academy. She is excited to meet Mordred, Arthur's child, until the Broken Pedestal moment.
  • Kung-Fu Sonic Boom: Achilles' chariot crashing against Caenis' shield blows some of the buildings away.
  • The Law of Diminishing Defensive Effort: Because Yang has Avalon which heals her injuries, combined with her Semblance, she's started to become arrogant and just stand there tanking damage. Kairi scolds her and points out those abilities aren't foolproof and she almost got killed by Beowulf.
  • Let's Fight Like Gentlemen: When Yang runs out of bullets, Beowulf puts his weapons away and says they'll settle this with fists.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: The White Fang attacks Achilles after mistaking him for the White Fang Killer.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Qrow had been away from the family for a year going on missions. Although Taiyang, Ruby, and Yang kept in touch with him, since he wasn't around to witness them personally, he doesn't really understand Ruby and Yang's adventures in Chaldea Academy nor their new abilities like Ruby's Reality Marble.
  • Love at First Sight: Ruby is smitten with Charlemagne as soon as she sees him.
  • Mama Bear: Cinder is very protective of Chloe.
  • Missed Him by That Much: At one point, Yang and Cinder bump into each other and apologize before going their separate ways. Neither of them recognized the other because they were both in disguise.
  • Mugged for Disguise: A hit is put on Yang and bounty hunters start going after her. Yang defeats one of them, Billy the Kid, and takes his hat, scarf, and jacket as a disguise.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Gilgamesh saves Yang from losing an arm and comments it is not easy to recover from that kind of injury, referencing how in canon, Yang lost her arm and spent months moping.
    • Medusa says she and her sisters Euryale and Stheno used to be a singing group called the Gorgons, then Medusa was kicked out for being too tall.
    • When Beowulf powers up, it makes him resemble his Ascension stages.

    Tropes: N to S 
  • Never Gets Drunk: The Healing Factor Avalon gives Yang prevents her from getting drunk, annoying her.
  • No Longer with Us: Medusa tells her team that she has two sisters named Euryale and Stheno and, "They aren't with us anymore." Her team assumes they are dead until Medusa clarifies that they retired from fighting and became idols.
  • Noodle Incident:
    • Medusa remembers a time she beat up some punks who tried to grope her.
    • Atalanta once lost a race because of some apples. Before she dated Achilles, she dated Jason, but then he pissed her off.
  • No Ontological Inertia: Subverted. Qrow assumes that if Salem is killed, the Grimm will disappear. She says if she were to somehow die, all that would do is stop the Grimm from reproducing. The Grimm would still be around as long as negative emotions exist.
  • Not So Different: Kiritsugu Emiya says he was a killing machine until the day he saved an orphan named Shirou, which gave his life meaning. Roman Torchwick says he understands, as he was a petty criminal who one day saved an orphan named Neopolitan.
  • Oedipus Complex: Yang worries she might have one because she just noticed her boyfriend Gilgamesh resembles her father Taiyang.
  • Off with His Head!: The Headless Hunter kills anyone he encounters by chopping off their heads. He's done it to Hazel Rainart, Arthur Watts, Tyrian Callows, and Junior and his men.
  • One-Sided Arm-Wrestling: Penny, who has Rank EX Strength, easily beats Mordred in arm wrestling.
  • One Steve Limit:
    • There's Ilia Amitola, Blake's deceased friend, and Illya von Einzbern.
    • Illya's wand, which gained an A.I. and can talk, is also named Ruby, which causes Ruby Rose some confusion when they meet.
  • The Password Is Always "Swordfish": Blake quickly figures out the password for Ilia's scroll is "Belladonna", Blake's last name.
  • Pet the Dog: Roman shields Blake's eyes when they witness the Headless Hunter kill someone.
  • Portal Cut: This almost happens to Yang when she tries to grab Raven through her portal. Gilgamesh yanks Yang back right before the portal closes and says if he hadn't done that, she would have lost her arm.
  • The Power of Hate: Nikushimi's hatred was so strong that even after getting decapitated and then a Boarbatusk eating her corpse, she was able to possess it, then reform her body into Atalanta Alter/Atalante.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Roman pays Miltia and Melanie Malachite to help Blake with her mission of finding the White Fang Killer, reasoning that if Blake gets herself killed, Ruby and her friends will somehow blame him and seek revenge.
  • Put on a Bus:
    • Team JNPR will not be featured. Jaune and Jeanne are going to a family get together, Ren and Kiyohime want some private time in a cabin in the woods, Pyrrha and Karna are traveling the world as a celebrity couple, and Nora is traveling the world defending villages from the Grimm.
    • Ruby sent Lobo to live with her father and Zwei. Later, in "Beast Flaring Fangs", her father sends Lobo and Zwei back to Ruby.
    • Glynda Goodwitch is on a vacation with her boyfriend Vlad.
  • Red Baron:
    • Anastasia is called the "Grand Duchess of Apocrypha".
    • Reines El-Melloi Archisorte is called the "Princess of El-Melloi".
    • Yu Miaoyi is called the "Consort Beauty".
    • Charlemagne is called the "Benevolent King".
    • Sakamoto Ryouma is called the "Hero of Restoration".
    • Sigurd is called the "King of Warriors".
    • Caenis is called the "White Fang Champion".
    • Christopher Columbus is called the "Rider of Resistance".
    • Beowulf is called the "King of Savagery".
  • The Reveal:
    • Weiss' group learns that three White Fang bases were destroyed simultaneously, meaning there is more than one killer. Through examining one of the crime scenes, Reines deduces that one of them is Christopher Columbus, a former member of Chaldea Academy who was expelled for his extreme racism against the Faunus.
    • Raven Branwen is planning to murder the Spring Maiden to take her powers. Kintoki reveals to his group that the Spring Maiden is his mother, Minamoto no Raikou.
    • The Summer Maiden is Brynhildr.
  • Robo Speak: Sigurd, who is human, talks like a robot at times. His wife Brynhildr explains that he's a nerd and doing it because it is fun.
  • Seen It All:
    • Qrow is surprised that Ruby isn't shocked to learn about his ability to turn into a bird. She says she's seen weirder stuff in Chaldea.
    • Winter is shocked when she sees Brynhildr's Noble Phantasm, while Weiss, Nobunaga, and Reines don't bat an eye as they have seen many displays of power.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The scene where Yang angrily rants that she doesn't need her mother before tearfully asking why her mother doesn't love her is modeled on the "How come he don't want me?" rant from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
    • Qrow experiencing heart pain whenever he tries to tell anyone the truth about Abigail Williams is modeled on the "Return By Death" curse from Re:Zero.
    • Adam uses one of his moves from the video games, but it is based on and named after Vergil's Judgement Cut from Devil May Cry.
  • Street Urchin: Neo was one of these until Roman took her in.
  • Stress Vomit: Weiss vomits after her group finds a White Fang base with a lot of massacred corpses.
  • Supernormal Bindings: The White Fang holds Achilles with chains with Runes on them that make him unable to break them.

    Tropes: T to Z 
  • Take Up My Sword:
    • To honor Medb's Heroic Sacrifice, Neo changed her Class to Saber and wields Medb's weapon Caladbolg.
    • After Astolfo's Heroic Sacrifice, Charlemagne started wielding his weapon the Trap of Argalia.
  • Talking Weapon: So far, we have Illya's wand Ruby, Miyu's wand Sapphire, and Gray's shape shifting weapon Add. Ruby Rose is naturally excited to learn they exist.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork:
    • Weiss is very unhappy to learn Oda Nobunaga and Adam will be on her and Winter's team. Of course, Adam doesn't like it either. Nobunaga is confused why Weiss is so angry, while Winter tells Weiss to suck it up. Another member of their team is Reines El-Melloi Archisorte, who acts like a bitch to everyone.
    • Cinder and Chloe are very unhappy to have to work with Yu Miaoyi and Tamamo Vitch, who are jerks.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Weiss has never killed another human or Faunus, only the Grimm. When told she may have to kill the White Fang Killer's men, she balks and says there has to be another way.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Adam confides to Musashi that his favorite food is roasted tomatoes.
  • Trading Bars for Stripes: Winter Schnee pulls Adam Taurus out of jail and recruits him into the military to help her and Weiss with their mission.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Qrow's flask was a gift from Summer Rose.
  • Throwing Your Sword Always Works: Adam picks up Weiss' sword and throws it into Columbus to kill him. However, we then get the downside of hurling a weapon when Columbus falls off his ship and is eaten by a Grimm Kraken, destroying the sword.
  • Underestimating Badassery: When Qrow and Bazett have a sparring match, even though Ruby and Yang had told him how powerful she is, he greatly underestimates her because he assumes their assessment was based on their lack of experience. In Qrow's words, he's fought powerful people all over the world, so Bazett can't be that strong. He's quickly proven wrong.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Salem says she and her forces will keep killing people until all that are left are those without negative emotions. Then, after rebuilding the world and making sure the survivors will remain pure, she and the Grimm will fade away and the world will finally be at peace. Despite Qrow's disbelief, she seems to be sincere, since she has observed Ruby Rose and decided she is pure enough to live in the new world.
  • Weredragon: Oryou is a Grimm Dragon that Sakamoto Ryouma tamed as his mount. She can turn back and forth from her true form and the form of a woman.
  • Wham Episode:
    • "Misfortune": Abigail Williams reveals to Qrow that she is a Willing Channeler for Salem and Salem is using her to spy on Clockwork Academy. Salem reveals that Ozpin is missing and incapacitated, but not dead, possibly captured by the third party, which is lead by someone called the Woman in Black. Salem's Reality Marble renders Dust, Aura, and Semblances ineffective, and whenever anybody is killed in there, a being formed from the victim's nightmares is created, which is how she gets ideas for her Grimm. Since she killed Guinevere in there, her Reality Marble has an Arturia Alter.
    • "Origin of Hate": The White Fang has been joined by Atalanta Alter, or Atalante, who was created from Nikushimi and has her and Blake's memories as well as Atalanta's.
    • "It": Christopher Columbus had Megalos, a heavily mutated Heracles, in one of his ships and he goes berserk and attacks everyone when unleashed. Winter sacrifices herself to defeat him.
    • "Losing Yourself": Penny finds out about Neo murdering BB back in the first story. Enraged, she tries to kill Neo.
  • What a Drag: Billy the Kid lassos Yang by the neck and uses his horse to drag her along the ground until she manages to grip the ground and pull him off his horse.
  • What Does She See in Him?: Inverted when Junior asks Gilgamesh what he sees in Yang. He answers that life is never dull when she's around.
  • When She Smiles: Gray's teammates tend to become very happy whenever she gives a rare smile.
  • When You Snatch the Pebble: When Ruby wants to see Qrow's Class Card, he challenges her to take it from him. Much to his surprise, she easily snatches it out of his hand.
  • Wrecked Weapon:
    • Billy the Kid shoots Yang's left Ember Celica gauntlet and destroys it. When he is defeated, she takes his gun, Thunderer.
    • Adam and Weiss destroy several of Columbus' weapons. Columbus hits Adam's rifle Blush hard enough to crack it and it explodes when it is fired. Weiss' sword Myrtenaster is eaten by a Grimm Kraken.
  • You Are a Credit to Your Race: Adam says he still hates all humans, except for Musashi.
  • You Could Have Used Your Powers for Good: Blake tells Melanie and Miltia that they could do a lot of good if they became Huntresses instead of hired goons. They refuse, saying they don't feel like helping people and they don't want media attention.
  • You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!:
    • Weiss and Nobunaga are shocked to learn Adam and Musashi have become friends, even though Adam took her eye.
    • Ruby the Wand says this when Ruby Rose doesn't know what A.I. means.
  • You Remind Me of X:
    • Qrow calls Bazett "Glynda 2" and later "Winter 2". When he meets Miyu, he assumes she is related to the Schnee family because she uses Glyphs.
    • Neo takes a liking to Sakamoto Ryouma, presumably because he dresses similarly to Roman Torchwick.
  • You Should Have Died Instead: Bradamante angrily says Ruby should have died in the invasion instead of Astolfo.

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