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Fanfic / Silver Rings and Golden Hearts

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Silver Rings and Golden Hearts by LacePendragon is a RWBY fanfic with a Qrow/Ironwood theme.

James Ironwood wants to adopt a little girl, however he realizes that it would be very difficult to get through the adoption process on his own. This is where his best friend Qrow Branwen comes into hand. James convinces Qrow to get married with him (legally, not romantically) so that James can adopt Penny. This ends up changing their lives.


Between discussions of co-parenting, falling for a second child at the agency, and falling in love, Qrow and James both quickly realize the lifelong changes of their fake marriage.

This fanfic provides examples of:

  • Adaptational Diversity: Alongside multiple transgender characters, Ruby and Yang are explicitly mixed-race.
  • Adaptational Dye-Job: Winter has black hair like her father, not white hair like her mother.
  • Adaptational Gender Identity: Multiple characters have been reinterpreted as transgender in the series, including:
    • Penny
    • Glynda Goodwitch is a transwoman
    • Mercury is a transboy
    • Blake is a transgirl who had to transfer schools do to being bullied.
    • Juane is a transboy who lives with his sister and her transgender wife.
    • Winter Schnee is a transgirl
    • Ren is nonbinary and prefers they/them pronouns.
  • Adaptational Mundanity: While the characters remain the same, as well as the various unnatural hair and eye colors, the story is explicitly set in the fictional city of Vale in Washington State.
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  • Adaptational Sexuality: Qrow mentions being gay. In RWBY, he's shown interest in women.
  • Age Lift: Ruby and Penny are both aged down to five. Yang is seven.
  • Bully Hunter: Yang gets suspended from school because she defended her classmate Ren from transphobic bullies.
  • Departmentof Child Disservices: Averted. An Ren, the social worker for James, explicitly works with him as best she can, talks to all the kids, investigates the house for each child, and reacts quickly and aggressively when she finds out Nora and Sun are being abused in their current foster home.
  • Disabled in the Adaptation:
    • Penny is autistic, which results in poor fine motor skills and delays in speech acquisition.
    • Nora has Type 1 Diabetes.
    • Tyrian is schizophrenic.
    • Jaune take medicine for anxiety or depression.
  • Has Two Mommies:
    • Ruby and Yang are raised by their two mothers and their father.
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    • Qrow and James adopt Penny and Oscar together.
    • Roman and Junior are raising multiple kids together.
    • Saphron and Terra have a son, like in canon.
  • Kid Fic: The plot revolves around Qrow and James adopting together.
  • Polyamory: Summer, Raven, and Taiyang are in a relationship together.
  • Slash Fic: Qrow and James are the main couple of the story.
  • Related in the Adaptation:
    • Maria is the adoptive mother of Raven Branwen and Qrow Branwen and, by extension, the grandmother of Ruby of Yang.
    • Arthur Watts is the uncle of Ilia and now has full custody of her after the death of her parents.