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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.

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


This work contains examples of:

  • 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
  • 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.
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  • 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:
    • Several races that were previously only wild enemies 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.
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    • Both the Empire and the Stormcloaks incorporate non-Nords into their armies, with some even achieving leadership positions, moreso in the Imperial Army.
  • 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 if fall into the wrong 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 a spell 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.
  • 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
    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.
  • Cat Girl: Blake, who is a type of cat Faunus. Every female Khajiit technically counts. Special mention goes to M'rissi, who was formerly a Suthay Khajiit, but was fooled and magically altered by Isael as a part of the madwoman's schemes and ends up fitting the trope almost to a T
  • 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.
  • Daywalking Vampire: What a sufficiently fed vampire can do, albeit not without discomfort. When blood-starved, this discomfort increases dramatically.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Expospeak Gag: Common with Weiss.
    • Yang pulls it off on her once, and surprises the girl.
  • 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 assasination 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 crystalized 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
  • 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 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 in the beginning of their journey.
  • 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.
  • Light Is Not Good: Meridia, Goddess of Light and Life, severely burns Weiss' hands when she picks up the Beacon. This almost makes Ruby decide to not bring it to her temple.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Ruby and Lydia's relationship is shaping up to be this.
  • Magitek: Dwemer Ruins are filled with them. Steam-powered machinery fueled by soul gems and made up of reality-bending metal.
  • 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.
  • Riches to Rags: Weiss Schnee, the heiress to the Schnee Dust Company, learns that all of her Lien is absolutely worthless in Skyrim.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Ruby developes a tendency for this when sufficietly angered thanks to the influence of the dragon souls in her.
  • 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
  • Running Gag: People being suprised 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: Ruby whenever she plays kids' games. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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