Agent Maine, the Meta, feared by Project Freelancer and the Red and Blue soldiers of Blood Gulch, was defeated at Sidewinder, thrown off a cliff and attached to a Warthog, sent down to the freezing ocean depths. By a stroke of good fortune, the Meta survives when the Time Distortion Unit he obtained from Agent Wyoming's helmet malfunctions, sending him to an unknown planet outside of UNSC colonization.
A month after the disappearance of Jaune Arc, Team RWBY and the remains of Team JNPR are tasked with investigating a strange anomaly found at the Forever Fall forest. Though disheartened by the disappearance of their leader, Pyrrha and the others resolve to continue forward.
As it just so happens, the Meta awakens in the Forever Fall, shortly after coming into contact with Team RWBY. What follows afterwards is a startling revelation, once the helmet of the scariest fucking mute in the galaxy comes off...
This story contains examples of the following tropes:
- Adaptational Badass: Unavoidable, as Jaune and Maine are one of the same. Having been toughened by his experiences in Project Freelancer, Jaune/Maine is far stronger than he was in the RWBY canon, and also far more brutal.
- On a more minor note, when confronting Aiden Price, Connie mentions how she encountered Jaune taking down UNSC soldiers by himself, with only his sword and shield. Those training lessons really paid off.
- Church also gets one in the final chapter of Volume 1. He gets into a long and dreadful fight against a souped up Mental!Sigma and really has to work for it, but he manages to kill the son of a bitch with a well-placed bullet to the forehead. And the best part is, he finally hit something again! Twice!
- Affectionate Nickname: Early on, Maine/Jaune hates being called "Vomit Boy" by Church. He eventually comes to accept it.
- Ambiguous Situation: It's never clearly stated what exactly happened to Jaune that landed him in the Red vs. Blue universe. All we know is that he defended himself from UNSC soldiers, was captured by Connie, and then sent to Project Freelancer, where the Director experimented on him and wiped his memory, turning him into the soldier known as Agent Maine.
- Back-to-Back Badasses: In Volume 2, Jaune/Maine and Texas are asked to take care of a White Fang group that has taken over Southeastern Vale. The sight of both of them in armor and kicking WF ass is truly a sight to behold.
- Battle in the Center of the Mind: Church vs. Mental!Sigma. In order to restore Maine/Jaune to normal, Church has to destroy the source of the distortion that keeps him broken. It also doubles as a shout out, as Church blatantly refers to the whole thing as a Evil Within ripoff. Whether he's genuinely pissed off or just annoyed he has to go the extra mile is up in the air.
- Butt-Monkey: Cardin Winchester. Poor guy is practically the fandom's very own punching bag. Case in point, when he tries to bully Velvet...only for Jauney Boy to return and promptly crush his balls with his own mace.
- Call-Back: There are quite a few to mention. Volume 2's beginning and ending segments feature a letter formatted discussion between two characters, similar to what Season 6 of Red vs. Blue did at the beginning of each episode.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Done on a few occasions, courtesy of Jaune/Maine.
- The first comes in his battle against Teams RWBY/NPR. He effortlessly manages to beat them all down, albeit with some difficulty.
- The second comes after Jaune/Maine returns to Beacon and decides to remain a student. For his first fight since coming back, he settles things with Cardin after he stops him from picking on Velvet. It can't even be called a fight.
- Do Not Call Me "Paul": Maine/Jaune absolutely hates it when Church calls him Vomit Boy, but he's slowly come to accept it.
- Foreshadowing: Delta states that the Meta technically died at Sidewinder, having left behind a copy of himself to die in Jaune/Maine's place. Which means its still possible for someone to get their hands on his armor. Say, perhaps a power hungry chairman who orchestrated and continued to escalate a civil war?
- Groin Attack: Cardin has been taking lessons from Grif when taking hits to the gonads, especially when it's being executed by a Freelancer. Worse yet, he's hit in the balls by his own weapon, courtesy of Maine/Jaune delivering a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown on his ass.
- Heroic BSoD/Villainous Breakdown: Yes, you are reading this right. The heroic part comes in when Jaune/Maine, when first starting his career as a Freelancer, was forced to kill the scientists working for the Insurrectionists. After he killed all of them, repeatedly saying he was sorry, he puked his guts out on the floor. The villain part comes in after his triumphant(?) return to Remnant. As he is about to kill Pyrrha, her words manage to knock back some sense into him, causing him to break down in horror when he realizes that he was about to kill one of his old friends.
- Hes Back: After Church destroys Mental!Sigma and restores one of Jaune/Maine's most treasured memories, he's officially returned back to normal. His memories are still missing, but he at the very least knows that Pyrrha is his partner and that he used to be someone called Jaune Arc.
- Hypocritical Humor: Ruby always calls someone out whenever she hears them swear. She's an adorable weapons nerd, so she should be spazzing all over the place when she sees Maine/Jaune using the Brute Shot, right? Nope. She calls it a bastard. Yang is not amused.
- I Hate Past Me: A non-time travel variant. Jaune/Maine loathes his Meta personality with a passion. When he sees his reflection in the mirror while wearing the STRIKER Unit, which was based on his old armor, he smashes the mirror in anger.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Church. Not that he'd ever admit it.
- Journey to the Center of the Mind: What the overall second half of the first Volume is. In order to help Maine/Jaune return to normal, Church delves into his memories and tries to find the cause of what's keeping him so distorted. He eventually finds the cause whenever Sigma is nearby, causing the memories to distort.
- Knew It All Along: Church is revealed to already known that he wasn't truly a motherfucking ghost, due to one fact: Texas' full name was Allison Church. Since Church only knows her as his girlfriend and not his wife, he knew there had to be something going wrong. Everything fell into place for him when Washington told him he was the Alpha AI, but refused to accept the fact that he was apparently the copy of the man who caused all the shit he and the other Simulation troopers have had to endure.
- Mind Wipe: Done to Jaune/Maine once he was in the clutches of the Director. The worst part was that the process was entirely unintentional, but overall beneficial to him. Jaune/Maine's memories were only wiped because of the implants and experimentation done to him while under captivity.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Surprisingly, Ruby Rose, the heroine of the main RWBY series, weapons geek and ball of innocent dreams, has this moment when Maine/Jaune obtains the Brute Shot. How badly does she react, you may ask? Well...:Ruby: No it's not! It's...it's... IT'S A BASTARD!Yang: RUBY! WHAT HAVE WE TOLD YOU ABOUT CURSING?!
- Ironwood even gets in on the action. Typically in the series, he comes off as paranoid and the first to resort to force. Here, however, he's actually in agreement with Ozpin, and willingly sends some of his troops back in favor of flesh-and-blood soldiers. Apparently, the appearance of Watts and the revelation that he could be working for Salem is enough to put both men on edge.
- Precision F-Strike: On more than one occasion, courtesy of this story being a fusion of RWBY and Red vs. Blue. Most of it can be attributed to Church and any other Red vs. Blue character.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner/Post-Mortem One-Liner: Quite a few to list. Here are a few examples:Maine: (After getting payback against Sleeveless by punching his head clean off) 'Welcome to Maine, motherfucker.'Church: Yeah, funny thing is...I'm already human, bitch.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: As a side-effect from his augmentations, Jaune/Maine's eyes, which were originally blue, to red.
- Showing Off the New Body: Texas' first appearance in the story is in a brand new body, which is apparently of the same kind as Penny, complete with a prototype armor made from the technology of Remnant and UNSC materials.
- Shout-Out: In the final chapter of Metastability's Volume 1, Church calls his fight with Mental!Sigma this:Church: You son of a bitch! You did NOT just pull an Evil Within bullshit! You cock-sucking motherf-
- Neptune gives a minor one to the Neptunia series when Sun claims that his nickname is Nep Nep. Neptune his not amused.
- Spared by the Adaptation: The Meta survived thanks to Wyoming's Time unit malfunctioning as he was being sent down to the arctic ocean. Delta later states that, technically, the Meta did indeed die. Similar to Wyoming's usage of the Time Distortion Unit, the Meta left behind a copy of himself, which perished in his place at Sidewinder.
- Church and a few other AI are also revealed to have survived. The reason for this was due to the EMP effecting them on some level. Artificial Intelligences like Church and Delta were fine and repaired almost immediately, whereas other AIs like Omega and Theta were repaired at a later date. This also includes Texas.
- Wham Line: Delivered by Texas in her reunion with Church.Texas: Church...what is my name?
- Year Inside, Hour Outside/Year Outside, Hour Inside: Despite Jaune having only been gone for a few months at best on Remnant, he had been a Freelancer Agent for several years. By the time he returns home, he's well in his twenties.
- Older Than They Look: Due to his augmentations, Jaune/Maine's body has seemingly stopped aging. As a result, despite being in his twenties, he still looks like he's seventeen.