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Team RWBY finds themselves in a strange, new world where Grimm are nonexistent and magic is commonplace. They journey to find a way home, but along the way are caught up in several ancient prophecies and must save this world they find themselves in. As time goes on, they adapt to the dangerous land of Skyrim and fight against its foes be they small, large, or godly.

"Of Elder Scrolls and Huntsmen: Dragon Rose" is a RWBY / The Elder Scrolls crossover story by Jesse K, with help from xTRESTWHOx and Naan Contributor. The story stands out for its extreme devotion to the lore of both series, especially on the Elder Scrolls side of the cross, the inclusion of lore-friendly mods, and the division of the various questlines between the four members of Team RWBY.

This story can be read in Spacebattles and Fanfiction.net.

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  • Action Girl: All of Team RWBY, of course. As well as pretty much any woman fighter they come across including Lydia, Zora, M'rissi, etc
  • Actually, That's My Assistant: Esbern mistakes Lydia for the dragonborn when meeting up for the first time, to Lydia's annoyance and his embarrassment.
  • Adaptational Badass: Dragons, in general, are significantly more dangerous than in the game mostly due to them knowing more than just the Fire/Frost breath shouts. Mirmulnir, for example, knows the slow-time shout. Nahkrensos Fus Ro Da'd a group of guards so hard that their organs ruptured.
  • Adaptation Expansion: Much of the game limitations of the source material is thrown away in exchange for a much more expansive, realistic world that fits within the lore of The Elder Scrolls.
    • The different forms of the Khajiit are represented, for one
    • Lydia actually has a backstory, as do several other characters who generally only had cookie-cutter dialogue in the game.
    • Each dragon has its own name and unique personality. For example, Vulgahrotru means "Dark - Steal - Run", which reflects his occupation as a highway-dragon. Although in that case, it's an act, one he enjoys playing, as Vulgahrotru is a pseudonym.
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    • Additionally the writers have invented new shouts for the dragons, such as a clairvoyance shout or a sunlight laser shout.
  • Affectionate Gesture to the Head: After a hard day of finding dead bodies, fighting evil demi-humans, their giant insect pets, getting yelled at by a god after finding her dodecahedron, and then brought to the realm of another god, Ruby has to lie down and take it all in with a good cry. Lydia pats her head to help her along.
  • All There in the Manual: Along with the story chapters, all three writers make in-universe entries from the point-of-view of scribes and researchers in the Elder Scrolls universe that explain different aspects of the world in more detail, such as the races, different kind of lycanthropes and vampire strains, wildlife, and societal things in general.
  • Alternate Universe: By the time RWBY arrives in Skyrim, the world slightly different than canon:
    • The author uses a number of characters and events from various Game Mods, such as M'rissi.
    • Several races that were only wild enemies in previous games are now fully integrated members of the Empire. In particular, Minotaurs, Goblins, Orcs, Centaurs, and Harpies have become full citizens, with communications established with Giants and Lamias. Pigmole University was specifically established to continue this integration.
    • Both the Empire and the Stormcloaks incorporate non-Nords into their armies, with some even achieving leadership positions, moreso in the Imperial Army.
    • There were five Heroes during the Oblivion Crisis. See Hero of Another Story for details.
  • Artifact of Doom: The Ebony Blade is a literal extension of the Daedric Prince Mephala, the Anthropomorphic Personification of deceit, lies, sex, murder, and plots. Those who wield the Ebony Blade are thus subjected to her will as she tries to break them down. Blake has taken it upon herself to hold onto it for safekeeping, lest it fall into the wrong (or easier to influence) hands.
  • Alien Sky: The night sky of Nirn, and its two moons, is what told RWBY that they were on another world.
  • Armor Is Useless: Subverted. Prior to the discovery of the Soul Trap weakness, none of RWBY wore armor as it merely slowed them down. The discovery of an enchantment that completely bypasses the protection Aura normally grants them prompted RWBY to begin wearing armor in order to compensate.
  • Badass Cape: Ruby's cloak, as always.
  • The Berserker: Nahkrensos goes after Winterhold and the College with seemingly reckless abandon. Even after being magically thrown out of the air and bombarded with spells from most of the College's faculty and staff to the point he cannot fly and is half-blinded, he attempts to climb up a sheer cliff, promising their destruction while doing so.
  • Black-Tie Infiltration: Ruby goes to the party at the Thalmor Embassy, using her position as a Thane of Solitude to help in reinforcing her cover. While she does so, Blake, who pretended to be one of her servants, sneaks into the back to find the information they believe the Thalmor may have.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: As explained by Joselyn Fair-Child -the shy, witchy sister of Zora- the Daedra do not view things through the same moral lense as the mortals of Nirn (and by extension, Remnant). Rather, they judge the 'good' and 'bad' of things by whether or not it positively or negatively affects their spheres. She even references it almost by name:
    Joselyn: To…Sanguine, for example, sobriety and chastity are ‘evil’ to him. The same goes…for Meridia. Life and light are ‘good’ to her. Darkness and undeath are ‘bad.’
    Ruby: That's really weird.
  • Can't Catch Up: Lydia, the Badass Normal of the group, feels this way towards the rest of RWBY, especially towards Ruby herself, whom she is supposed to be protecting. She begins asking them to unlock her own Aura.
  • Cat Girl: Blake, who is a type of cat Faunus, is mistaken for a type of Khajiit. Every female Khajiit technically counts. Special mention goes to M'rissi, who was formerly a Suthay Khajiit, but was fooled and then magically altered by Isael as a part of the madwoman's schemes and ends up fitting the trope almost to a T
  • Charm Person: Implied to be Mercer's Semblance.
    • Later confirmed. His Semblance, Shadows Lure You, allows him to influence people into believing what he says and doing what he wants. He even used it on Blake to get her to rob Volgahrotru.
  • The Chosen One: Ruby Rose herself, who is discovered to be the Last Dragonborn after killing the dragon Mirmulnir.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Yang declares as such after she, Blake, and Weiss arrive back in Whiterun after their first meeting with a Hagraven, stating that should Ruby learn exactly what Hagravens do, she wouldn't stop until all of them were dead.
    • Team RWBY as a whole can't help but involve themselves in any quest they come across, especially if it involves a person needing help.
  • Continuity Nod: Blake's past with the White Fang is brought up a handful of times, but so is her parents' identities, the revelation of which startles Weiss.
  • The Corruption: Holding onto the Ebony Blade has not done Blake any favors. Weiss' time as a vampire has caused her to gain certain unwanted desires.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass:
    • M'rissi is generally childish and immature, justified in that she's a near total amnesiac who couldn't even remember her name at first. However, as she has displayed on numerous occasions, she is more than capable of holding her own in a fight. When first introduced, Blake came across where she had killed two (out of four) mercenaries and a dog, and it's suggested she did it with her bare claws.
    • Inigo is similar, usually being a lovable goofball, but being deadly serious when it comes to combat.
  • Daywalking Vampire: What a sufficiently fed vampire can do, albeit not without discomfort. When blood-starved, this discomfort increases dramatically.
  • Decomposite Character: Being four people, each member of Team RWBY can take on multiple paths and storylines more realistically than a single person. Ruby is the Last Dragonborn, Weiss becomes a Vampire, attends the College of Winterhold, and ends up joining Volkihar(as a spy...ish), Blake joins the Thieves' Guild and destroys the Assassins, Yang joins the Companions, becomes a werewolf, and joins the Dawnguard.
  • Determinator: All of the main characters, really, but special note goes to Blake Belladonna, who's so far managed to not fall to the Ebony Blade's temptations.
    • Weiss has also talked about her own temptations that come with being a vampire and how they have affected her perception of love and affection, especially after taking on the Volkihar bloodline.
  • Defector from Decadence: Serana Volkihar and Gillidie Vassonia, a young vampire Weiss saved from a lynching, join Weiss in defecting from Harkon after the truth of his plans come to light.
  • Disney Owns This Trope: The vampires at Haemar's Shame all have names and/or quirks resembling characters belonging to a certain massive media company.
    • It was done on purpose - Jesse K
  • Domesticated Dinosaurs: The Giants (aka Jo'Tunn) herd mammoths primarily for their cheese.
    • In a more exact example, it is mentioned that some Bosmer used creatures know as 'toothed birds', which are therapod dinosaurs in all but name. Gunnar has a frightening war flashback concerning their usage in the Great War when Ruby mentions them to Yang in earshot.
    • M'rissi has adopted a melanistic sabrecat after they killed its mother. To be fair, the mother and her pack were killing innocent civilians after being cursed
  • Dreaming of Times Gone By: After completing the quest for Azura's star, The Prince of the Dusk and Dawn starts giving Weiss dreams based on the experiences of someone from the past in order to 'prepare her'. Weiss later determines that these dreams are from the point-of-view of the Nerevarine, who she also believes to be another transplanted person from Remnant.
  • Exact Words: The Caboose expy, Kobulz, (see below) does this by accident. He doesn't speak "giant" but he does speak Jo'Tunn, the language of the Giants.
  • Expospeak Gag: Common with Weiss.
    • Yang pulls it off on her once and surprises the girl.
  • Expy: There is an entire set of expies for the reds and blues involved in the civil war. Ironically the red expies are Stormcloaks (who wear blue) and the blues are Imperial Legionnaires (with red uniforms).
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Even Elenwen thinks Isael is repulsive and has tried on multiple occasions to be rid of her. It's suggested that any investigation into Isael's assassination will be a formality at best.
  • Evil Sorceror: A dime a dozen, usually, but there are some notable ones that cause much bigger problems, like Ancano and Isael.
  • Fantastic Racism: Many Nords that RWBY comes across express suspicion or even outright hatred of elves and beast-races.
    • Not limited to the bad guys. Jordis the Sword-Maiden, one of Ruby's housecarls, expresses distrust of Wood Elves/Bosmer. This stems from her family losing her older brother in the Great War, only to find out years later that his entire company and himself had been eaten by Bosmeri forces of the Aldmeri Dominion.
    • The Thalmor themselves are quite guilty of this
  • Fantasy Metals: Tamriel and Nirn are filled with them. Two that stand out are Dwemer metal, which is an alloy of undetermined origin that can manipulate reality around it and Ebony, which is the crystallized blood of a god.
  • Friendly Neighborhood Vampire: The vampires of the Duskfall Haven, who have dedicated themselves to finding a cure for their affliction and preventing themselves from feasting on the innocent.
    • Rather than attack unprovoked, the vampire group at Haemar's Shame let Ruby through once she explains she's just there to bring in Barbas to see Clavicus Vile. Vile actually complains that everything went so smoothly
  • Gold–Silver–Copper Standard: As explained by Weiss (and an Apocrypha entry), septims are simply the 'base' coin of Tamriel's monetary system, with copper cents and iron diems below then. Then moonstone malks, silver and gold denars, and ebony ebons. Each coin type with the exception of ebons are worth ten times more than the last one. Examples, a cent is 1/100 septim, a denar is 100 septims, and an ebon is 500 septims.
  • Hero of Another Story: The Five Heroes of the Oblivion Crisis, which occurred two centuries before RWBY arrived. Tales of their adventures managed to partially survive the post-invasion chaos, and several books were written about them. Blake reads 'Journey of the Heroes' throughout much of the first act. They eventually find out that four of the titular heroes were actually Team JNPR, who somehow managed to not only find their way to Tamriel but also arrive two centuries before RWBY did. The Nerevarine is strongly hinted to be the same.
  • Improbable Age: A lot of people tend to point out how young Ruby is/appears to be, as she is fifteen years old at the beginning of their journey.
  • The Infiltration: In order to find out what the Volkihar Clan's plans are Weiss pretends to offer her loyalty to Harkon, going as far as putting on a show of rejecting Yang in order to do so.
  • Interspecies Romance: Weiss hooks up with J'zargo while at the college.
  • I Know Your True Name: According to Volgahrotru, Alduin's control over other dragons relies on this, Volgahrotru gave Alduin a pseudonym and thus is not bound to him, unlike most dragons.
    • He also says that it can be resisted if it is known, but that it takes 'great willpower'.
  • Kryptonite Factor: Soul Trap, a spell/enchantment that affects an individual's soul, can completely bypass the protection Aura grants. More specifically; when an attack targets your soul, the last thing you want to try to block it with is a part of said soul.
    • Conversely, Farengar's studying showed that while the Soul Trap enchantment lets weapons through, the Aura keeps the spell itself from taking effect, meaning that no one with Aura active can have their soul taken if it's still up upon death.
  • Light Is Not Good: Meridia, Goddess of Light and Life, severely burns Weiss' hands when she picks up the Beacon(to be fair, she is a Vampire), almost making Ruby decide to not bring it to her temple. This is notably a very restrained reaction by Meridia's standards.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Ruby and Lydia's relationship is shaping up to be this.
  • Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: Lydia primarily utilizes a sword and shield in close combat. Yang and Ruby even give her a shield with a deployable dagger to turn it into a weapon. Lydia's Semblance is a shield.
  • Magitek: Dwemer Ruins are filled with them. Steam-powered machinery fueled by soul gems and made up of reality-bending metal.
    • Later on, Weiss begins manufacturing what are essentially magic phone booths and cell phones.
  • Meaningful Name: Every single dragon's name, translated from Dovahzul, describes the dragon's fundamental nature.
  • Mundane Utility: Volgahrotru uses his immense power as a dragon to... set up an unofficial (and later official) toll-road. His reasoning behind this is that he is seeking the power and dominance he craves through wealth because he believes seeking it through violence will inevitably backfire.
  • Narnia Time: Thanks to the revelation given by Daedric Prince Azura, RWBY determined that time between the two worlds is non-linear Supported when they find out about Team JNPR somehow ending up on Nirn 200 years earlier, and then run into a half-Bosmer half-Faunus who left Remnant 20 years ago but arrived on Tamriel 100 years ago
  • Nearly Normal Animal: The great boar Toggle who becomes Weiss' mount after being given to the team is fairly intelligent while still being an animal. Smart enough to know that people like shiny things (like coins and metal ore), but animalistic enough to think of frostbite spiders as food. He also expresses annoyance at being left out of fights and enjoys combat (likely from how he was raised as an Orc chief's mount).
  • No-Sell: After spending a substantial amount of time with Mephala whispering in her ear, trying to manipulate her, Blake finds Vaermina's attempt at manipulating her hilarious and taunts her while she's at it much to Mephala's amusement.
    • Ruby does something similar when Clavicus Vile asks her to kill Barbas, calling him a "mean jerkface" to said face.
  • Our Werebeasts Are Different: Yang gets infected during a fight with a Werelion. To help make the transformation more controllable, the Companions induct her into their inner circle. This results in her becoming a golden blonde werewolf that Aela notes is not the usual blonde wolves are. Yang was also previously attacked by a werebear and although no infection took hold it still seems to have resulted in Yang having larger claws than normal for a werewolf.
  • Riches to Rags: Weiss Schnee, the heiress to the Schnee Dust Company, learns that all of her Lien is absolutely worthless in Skyrim. As a result, she begins acting... well, more like a typical Skyrim player, to tell the truth. She doesn't go around stealing from people's homes, but she does ensure that whatever tombs and bandit camps they go through are thoroughly looted.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Ruby develops a tendency for this when sufficiently angered thanks to the influence of the dragon souls in her.
    • Blake literally roars when she goes to kill the Dark Brotherhood, all in order to protect her friends
  • Rodent of Unusual Size: Skeevers can get fairly big And Etienne uses them in the Ratway to help get past the first wave of Thalmor to Esbern's hiding place, as well as to get his revenge on Gissur
    • The first time they see a skeever is the first hint RWBY have that they aren't in Remnant anymore.
  • Running Gag: People being surprised by how scary Ruby can be happens frequently.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: How the highway-dragon Volgahrotru reacts when Ruby, Yang, and Lydia lure him to them with a bunch of gold.
  • Serious Business: Whenever she plays kids' games, Ruby tends to leave behind piles of exhausted children in her wake. In her own words: "I play for keeps." An omake recounting a round of hide-and-seek she played in Solitude reads more like a slasher movie.
  • Shoo the Dog: While going down into the catacombs to stop Potema from reviving herself, Lydia nearly gets injured by the evergrowing horde of undead and Ruby commands her to go back up and wait for her to finish the job alone. This breaks Lydia's heart and hurts her pride when she realizes she's not sufficient enough to protect the one she's sworn to defend.
  • Shout-Out: Loads and loads of it from a variety of sources, including Roosterteeth, Bethesda, and more.
    • The Courier's Guild is specifically noted to a highly respected guild that operates throughout Tamriel, with its members being highly respected and also slightly feared. Lydia talks of a tale of a courier from Hammerfell being betrayed by a criminal client and left for dead, only for that client and his entire criminal empire to fall by the hands of the alive and furious courier, which is exactly what happened with Benny and the Courier in Fallout: New Vegas
    • The existence of Red vs. Blue character expies serving in the Stormcloak and Imperial armies. Ironically, the Reds serve the blue-clad Stormcloaks and the Blues serve the red-clad Imperials.
    • The aformentioned cave of Disney-expy vampires.
    • Numerous references to real life movies and franchises with their names replaced with synonyms to make a Remnant version of it.
  • Sufficiently Analyzed Magic: Rather than rely on lore and dogma, the scholars of the Empire and the College of Winterhold have conducted extensive research on a wide array of subjects, including vampires, birthsigns, and many more.
  • Superpower Lottery: RWBY as a whole, when compared to the rest of their friends and companions on account of their Aura and Semblances, but special note goes to Ruby herself. Thanks to her being Dragonborn, her Shouts enable her to, among others, turn intangible, calm animals, move extremely fast, breath fire or ice, and of course push things extremely hard.
  • Squishy Wizard: Discussed. It's one of the reasons why Weiss continues to practice her swordplay despite diving into the magical arts, much to her classmates at the College of Winterhold's confusion.
  • Trapped in Another World: RWBY, while on a boat ride to Patch, somehow wind up in the Sea of Ghosts and land in Solitude, the capital of Skyrim. Them trying to find a way back home is what started them on their journey.
  • Ultimate Blacksmith: Eorlund Gray-Mane, as in canon, but Ruby and Yang are quickly increasing their skills. Notably, Ruby has specialized in weapon-smithing, while Yang went into armor.
  • Undying Loyalty: Krosis is loyal enough to the dragons to be willing to sacrifice himself while restraining Ruby to give his master an opening to kill them both. He does not succeed thanks to Lydia.
  • Weird Moon: Compared to Remnant's single, shattered moon, the notably intact Masser and Secunda of Nirn is what told RWBY they were on another world. That isn't even getting into the fact that the moons are actually the decaying body of a god.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Weiss has developed a mild fear of fire after contracting vampirism. Justified in that, as a vampire, Burn the Undead is in full effect, and she is weak to it.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Perks: All of Team RWBY try to learn a little magic in order to help fill the void their dwindling Dust supply has left, but have found that magic has some simpler uses in life, like starting campfires almost instantly.
  • Worthless Yellow Rocks: Being in a different world means that all of Team RWBY's money is just a stack of useless plastic cards.
  • Vampire Hunter: A group of vampire hunters calling themselves the Dawnguard, led by a former Vigilant of Stendarr named Isran.
    • A particularly dedicated and highly skilled monk of Arkay specifically hunts down Weiss after she stops a vampire lynching, taking advantage of her vampiric weaknesses to try and put her down.
  • Vegetarian Vampire: Weiss, after succumbing to vampirism, feeds herself off of easily supplied animal blood. It's noted to not be as filling or satisfying as people's blood. Occasionally she gets a willing donor.
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