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Strength of an Honest Soul is a Fusion Fic between the RWBY and the Darksiders series written by Chaos Productions.

Following the events of the apocalypse and the fall of Third Kingdom, the Four Horsemen succeeded in overthrowing the Charred Council and restored balance to the realms. While Creation knows peace, a powerful darkness now threatens that peace. However, the fate of all life and Creation itself is now longer in the hands of the Four Horsemen, nor in the hands of any Angel or Demon, but in the hands of a simple, innocent little girl.

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Strength of an Honest Soul provides examples of:

  • Adaptational Name Change: Fury's steed is named Vengeance rather than Rampage like it was in III. A justified case since this was made well before the third game.
  • Adaptational Origin Connection: Remnant is what remains of Earth several millennia after the fallout of the Apocalypse, with the Creatures of Grimm being the result of Absalom's corruption.
  • Adult Fear: The opening practically bathes in this. A young Ruby finds herself alone in the woods while an innumerable amount of Grimm surround her and she finds herself in the crossfire between the Grimm and the Demons they face.
  • After the End: After the events of the Darksiders games specifically. Remnant is the... well, remnant, of Third Kingdom.
  • Armor-Piercing Response: Uriel, having been made bitter and cynical from centuries of conflict, asks Ruby what she hopes to gain from making Remnant a better place. Ruby's answer completely stuns her.
    Ruby: Y-You just answered that question yourself; a better world is the gain, Uriel.
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  • Author Appeal: Chaos Productions seems to have a thing for long, detailed, novel length stories. The fact that the total word count of the story is almost 100 thousand among the three chapters it's had so far should give that away.
  • Bait the Dog: Weiss's concern over Ruby when she starts having another vision implies that she would be nicer to Ruby at the start, but then she sees her drawings that she dropped while running and immediately assumes that Ruby is mentally unstable, even warning Pyrrha not to go anywhere near her.
  • Big Sister Instinct: Yang, despite not believing her sister's stories, is very protective of her nonetheless. The instant she saw Uriel talking to Ruby, she immediately believed her sister and didn't try to rationalize it.
  • Cessation of Existence: This is what Oblivion entails for those whom it is inflicted upon.
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  • Crapsack World: What Remnant is considered. Uriel refers to it as a dark place filled with selfish beings, and she is worn out and exhausted from constantly trying to defend it. Yang mentally notes that her world must by a harsh place if it can drive angels to cynicism.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • The Demon that failed to retrieve the cursed orb attempts to fight Fury. Emphasis on attempts.
    • Uriel does not do well in her fight against War. She's grown weaker in her exile while time has only made War stronger. By the end of the fight, she's beaten, bloody, and missing her arm.
  • Doorstopper: Holy Hell, the fic so far is over 96 thousand words. That may not sound too impressive, but it's only three chapters long so far.
  • The Dreaded: The Four Horseman are feared by all beings in Creation. After hearing about them once, Yang even thinks of them as super-powered cosmic hit-men.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: The Demon general that Ruby encountered in the woods had no intention of harming her and only wanted the orb. When the orb showed her a possibility that he might kill her, he fully insists that he wouldn't have done so. Since he's telling this to Fury, who's about to kill him, he's being honest.
  • Fate Worse than Death: Oblivion. To be destroyed down to your soul and reduced to absolute nothingness. This was the fate of the Old Charred Council, and it will be Uriel's fate should she fail at her new task.
  • Feeling Their Age: Uriel has grown older and weaker as a result of millennia of unending conflict on Remnant. She's still more powerful than any Huntsman or Huntress could ever hope to be, but it's clear that she's not as spry as she was during the events of the Darksiders games.
  • Good Is Not Nice: While the New Charred Council is more lenient and kind than the old one, they will do whatever it takes to maintain the Balance and don't even bat an eye at ordering the death of innocent people should they witness what they weren't meant to.
  • Knight In Sour Armor:
    • Uriel continues to fight for mankind and protect them with everything she has, but it's clear that the ever-growing cruelty of human nature, the horrors of war, and her just getting older and weaker, have worn her out to the point where protecting humanity isn't even a choice for her, it's just the only thing she can do at this point.
    • Strife continues to do his task of maintaining balance throughout the cosmos, but he's been at it for so long that he's completely given way to apathy. Almost everything he does has no effort, joy, sadness, or hate behind it. It's a job, might as well do it.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: While Uriel does subvert this by telling Ruby about Creation and the Balance to help put her mind at ease, she leaves out certain aspects such as the "who" and "why" since answering these questions would put her to death immediately.
    • Ruby and Yang agree that they need to keep everything a secret until they are certain they can trust other people with it, as well as gain Uriel's approval for them.
  • Meaningful Name: For Remnant as a whole. After the Apocalypse, Third Kingdom would eventually become Remnant. So Remnant is the literal remnants of Earth.
  • The Mentally Disturbed: After Ruby becomes a seer, she's considered this by those of Remnant since no one has any idea what's going on with her. Yang tries her best to help Ruby out, but until she saw that what her sister was saying was true, she tended to get frustrated by Ruby's "mental issues". Weiss views her as mentally unstable and not someone that she or any within her standing should associate with.
  • Moral Myopia: War thinks it foolish and unreasonable for Uriel to wager her life and mankind's fate on the bond between two siblings, viewing such as capricious. Uriel, even while beaten within an inch of her life, calls War out on this, as his brother traversed all of Creation to save him from the Council's judgement and all of his siblings stood alongside him when they faced the Council together. Considering how far War's own kin went for him, he has no right to doubt the power of blood and family.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Yang briefly goes through this when she sees that Ruby was telling the truth the entire time and she never believed her.
  • Pet the Dog: The Demon Ruby encountered was perfectly willing to let her leave unharmed and told her to speak to no one of the encounter. For a creature of Hell, that's pretty generous.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: War easily defeated Uriel during her trial, but she technically won since she was able to convince the Charred Council to her case and was able to make it so that Ruby and Yang could leave with their memories of the encounter fully intact.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: The New Charred Council is far more lenient and forgiving than the Old Charred Council, to the point where Death still finds himself surprised by this even after serving them for eons. After Uriel's testimony regarding Ruby and Yang, they intend to allow them to leave with the full knowledge of what happened that day and will allow Ruby a circle of allies of her choosing to trust with these secrets, though they also make it clear that there are severe repercussions for Uriel should letting them do so prove to be a mistake.
  • Sanity Slippage: Death notes that Seers have a tendency to go insane due to being unable to withstand having the knowledge of Creation in their head. Ruby has the potential to either master her newfound knowledge, or go completely insane from it. Uriel is hellbent on ensuring that she masters it.
  • Seer: Ruby receives the powers of a seer from a special orb a Demon was guarding. However, she ends up being a deconstruction of this. She gains the power to view the secrets of Creation, but she's too young to understand what she's witnessing, not to mention that the visions are so intense and powerful they either cause her immense headaches or nightmares. Since the people of Remnant are none the wiser about Angels, Demons, or anything beyond Grimm, they write her off as having some mental disorder.
  • The Soulless: The Grimm are referred to as this by those not native of Remnant.
  • Superior Successor: The New Charred Council is far more lenient and competent than the old one.
  • Time Abyss: Uriel and the Horsemen have all been in existence long before even the first fall of mankind. Uriel herself has been in exile on Remnant for centuries if not millennia.
  • Training from Hell: War subjected Uriel to this for around two years to help her get used to her new arm and restore her old strength that she lost from centuries of fighting on Remnant.
  • Vagueness Is Coming: Ruby's visions, when telling her the future, don't give her a clear idea of what's going to happen. They tell her things through strange imagery, shadows, etc., but what they refer to is often unclear to her, and it really frustrates her a lot with how vague they can be.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: Discussed and subverted. It's frequently stated that the future isn't set in stone and it is possible to alter the course of fate. When Ruby saw visions of Roman's string of robberies, she sought to stop him. When she and Yang beat him, the visions change as well, showing that you can fight destiny, or at least alter it.

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