Sometimes, all that is needed to change history is a single moment. When an unforeseen hindrance ruins Cinder Fall's attack on Beacon, history changes. Beacon still stands, Team RWBY remains united, and the dark unknown forces responsible are pushed back for the time being. However, this also brings new changes to Beacon. A new, young teacher is hired to push Ruby Rose and her classmates like never before. Ruby finds herself confronting the reality that there is something special about her and her eyes. And a shadowy terrorist organization begins to make a power-play of their own. Their motives, unknown.
It's now a race against time, as Ruby, her teammates, her classmates, and their new teacher, the mysterious but talented swordsman known as Hansel Kobalt, push themselves to overcome new challenges, desperately trying to summon the strength to stand in the face of an upcoming war against enemies that are slowly emerging from the darkness to engulf the light. However, there may be an even greater evil lurking even beyond the dark.
This is a tale of strength, grief, and resolve, as a young huntress works to realize her potential and become the hero she has always wanted to be.
Wild Hunt can be read here.https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12923109/1/Wild-Hunt
Wild Hunt provides examples of:
- Absurdly Sharp Blade: Crescent Rose, Gambol Shroud, Myrtenaster, Hansel Kobalt's Wolf Fang. We can go on.
- The Ace: Hansel Kobalt is the strongest of the main cast and has the unique task of training Ruby to take his place as "Ace."
- Action Girl: Well, it is RWBY.
- Afraid of Needles: Played for laughs. Ruby wakes up in the hospital with a needle in her arm and promptly freaks out.
- Ambiguously Human: The Faunus, of course
- The Alcoholic: Played for laughs with Qrow.
- All-Loving Hero: Downplayed with main protagonist Ruby Rose. While Ruby has made it clear she has no intention of forgiving Cinder Fall for her actions, she is noted to be immensely kind and forgiving to most people by her friends and family.
- Anti-Hero: Hansel Kobalt. A classic version in the sense that he is extremely cynical about the state of the world compared to the more optimistic Ruby.
- Berserk Button: Several. Some played for laughs. For Glynda Goodwitch, insulting her adopted son is a way to make her go Mama Bear on your ass. Yang, as always, has something of a hair-trigger temper. Played straight though with Hansel, who has multiple. Things that waste his time, "useless idealism", and being treated like he's no different than the rest of his disgraced family.
- Big Damn Heroes: Hansel Kobalt is literally introduced doing this, and it leads to Cinder's plan falling apart in the first chapter.
- Brutal Honesty: Treated as a necessity at times in this narrative.
- The Chosen One: What Ruby currently is, due to being one of the few remaining Silver Eyed Warriors.
- The Chooser of The One: Downplayed. Ozpin chose Ruby because she was all that was left.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: Deconstructed slightly. Ruby constantly tries to save others due to her grief over the loss of her mother, but Hansel makes it clear this is reckless and could get the people around her hurt or killed.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: The narrative loves using this to establish the power levels of particularly dangerous characters. Hansel vs. Adam, Reaper vs. the Black Orochi Grimm, and Gin Byakko vs. an entire class of Beacon students, to name a few.
- Cyanide Pill: A mafia don gets a variant of this to avoid being interrogated about a terrorist cell Hansel is investigating.
- The Cynic: To be fair, in a world like RWBY's, Hansel has reason to be cynical.
- Dare to Be Badass: Hansel issues this challenge to his students in response to the increasingly dangerous world they live in. Ruby in particular seems to get this the most due to her status as Ozpin's "Chosen One".
- Dark Is Not Evil: Blake's color theme is black. Hansel uses black flames known as Purgatorial Flames. Both are firmly on the side of good.
- Determinator: Seen in both Ruby, as the main protagonist, and Hansel as the deuteragonist.
- Eccentric Mentor: Hansel is a borderline case. He's certainly seen as eccentric by a few of his students, who can't seem to figure his personality out.
- Evil Overlord: Salem.
- Experienced Protagonist: Downplayed example in Hansel's case. He's young and arguably still learning himself, but has a year in the field under his belt, which he tries to pass on to his students.
- Freudian Excuse: Heavily implied with Hansel in why he acts so cold to people. According to Glynda, whatever it was that happened in his past, was so horrible and traumatic, she does not even want him to confront it.
- Good Is Not Nice: Played straight with Hansel, who can seem like a complete asshole to most people. However, he is still firmly on the side of good and does show hints of being a lot nicer than he seems.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Yang and her hair.
- The Hero: Ruby strives to be this in a world that tends to crush optimism and hope.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: Due to being one of the few remaining members of the "Cursed Family", Hansel is faced with a lot of hate from the populace. Doesn't stop him from taking jobs to protect them regardless.
- Humans Are the Real Monsters: Invoked by Hansel on his first day of teaching. He outright tells his students that he's going to teach his students how to fight and kill others.
- The Idealist: No matter how dark things may seem, Ruby truly believes it's possible to save the world. This causes tensions between her and her more realistic teacher.
- I Need You Stronger: Reaper, the Huntsmen Hunter, wants to see what kind of huntress Ruby becomes before he kills her.
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Ruby is just adorable and pure.
- Irrational Hatred: Hansel's behavior to Ruby on his first day of teaching did not go well for this very reason. Hansel himself is actually a victim of this due to his family name.
- I Work Alone: Hansel insists on this.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Hansel is a brutally honest guy who hates being talked back to and can often come across as a straight-up Jerkass. However, according to his adopted mother, Hansel also has one of the kindest hearts in the world. He will also genuinely praise and try to look out for the best interests of his students in any way he can.
- Katanas Are Just Better: Hansel's Wolf Fang, which, in a world where melee weapons are also guns, is just a regular katana with fire dust crystals infused.
- Knight In Sour Armor: Hansel balks at the idea of saving the world, viewing it as a waste of effort, but strongly believes in doing the best you can in order for others to live another day.
- Magitek: Downplayed. While science and technology seem to be the dominant force, with the existence of Cinder and a living, Fall Maiden Pyrrha, we may be seeing a combination of science and magic in the future
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: Seriously, you'd think Glynda would have washed out Hansel's mouth with soap with how crass he can be.
- Sour Outside, Sad Inside: Ruby seems to think Hansel is this, which is why she's able to put up with his personality.
- Stopped Caring: Seems to be the attitude Hansel wants to instill in his students, as he strongly believes it's impossible to save the world. Subverted, as students like Ruby have no intention of giving up.
- Took a Level in Kindness: After a heart-to-heart with Ruby, Hansel seems to be undergoing this. Or rather, he's letting his Hidden Heart of Gold show more and more.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: Ruby Rose, something that causes concern among a few of her teachers.
- World's Strongest Man: Ozpin is stated by many to be the strongest Huntsman in the world.