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Jaune was only worried about two things in life; graduating from high school and dodging his hated bully. He didn't care about the supernatural, nor believe in it. But a chance encounter with a mysterious girl in red will open his eyes to a world that lives beside our own, a dangerous and deadly secret. But beware, child, for eyes once opened to the truth may never again be closed.
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An AU RWBY fanfic written by Coeur Al Aran. Jaune's in his senior year of high school in the American city of Vale, preparing for a medical career and holding out against his bullies. But a chance encounter while on a run during the nighttime exposes him to a shadow world, intertwined with the real one. Marked for possession by an impossibly powerful creature, Jaune is running low on time before his soul is claimed. Desperate for help, Jaune decides to seek the aid of the girl in red that he ran into that night for answers. But how well shall he take to the lifestyle of the Unseen Hunt, and the dangers that await those embroiled in it?

Due to the work now being complete at 53 chapters as of 14th of October, 2019, beware Late Arrival Spoilers. The Unseen Hunt can be found here on Fan Fiction Dot Net.

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The Unseen Hunt provides examples of:

  • Anti-Hero: What Blake and Adam prove to be. Justified, given that they are Grimm who've replaced people.
  • Badass Normal: What Yang, Ozpin and the rest of the hunters amount to in this setting.
  • Bittersweet Ending: After the final showdown between Cinder and Jaune, the Nightmares have ceased, and Vale is now being repaired. However, Pyrrha is now orphaned and her father's been blamed for the destruction caused by Cinder when she possessed him. And Jaune himself? He's stuck as Leviathan in the Grimm world, for the rest of eternity.
  • The Chessmaster: Cinder proves to be one of these. As evidenced by the two hundred people she has marked for possession, Cinder has resources unlike any other Grimm and is constantly one step or two ahead of Jaune and his allies.
  • Cosmic Horror Story: One of the chief inspirations of the work, and it shows.
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  • Demonic Possession: What the Elder Grimm do to their victims.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: This is the reaction everyone in the know gets when Jaune kills the Leviathan Grimm with aid from Ruby.
  • Eldritch Abomination: The Elder Grimm that hunt Jaune, Weiss and eventually Nora all count.
  • Elemental Powers: Elder Grimm routinely have them, and anyone who kills them gains said powers. For instance, Jaune develops water manipulation, Weiss has power over sunlight and potentially flight, Ruby can artificially age anything, and Cinder is a fire-breathing dragon with explosion powers.
  • Fate Worse than Death: What happens to people possessed by Elder Grimm - their souls get devoured by the beasts they run into, while their bodies serve as vessels.
  • Fusion Dance: A variant of this happens to Jaune and Weiss when they kill the Elder Grimm that mark them for possession; they both gain the bodies of the Grimm they slaughtered as their own, and their elemental abilities to boot.
  • Killed Off for Real: A number of characters bite it in the fic, such as Yang, Pyrrha's parents and Jaune, while many others come within a hair's breadth of doing so.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: After many chapters of putting up with his behaviour, Jaune inflicts a nasty one on Cardin and his cronies after they mock him over Yang's death during the Nightmare.
  • No Social Skills: Adam proves to be this, due to him never inhabiting the human world before Blake convinced him to.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: When Jaune kicks the stuffing out of Cardin and his cronies, Goodwitch (the school's principal) lets Jaune off relatively lightly once she learns why Jaune did it.
  • Sadist: Again, Cinder.
  • Secret War: One is fought by the Hunters, led by Ozpin against the Grimm.
  • Signature Scent: When Awakened smell those who are Grimm possessed (or those about to become so) in the human world, they have a signature scent that matches the powers of the Grimm hunting/possessing them. For instance, Jaune smells like salt water, Weiss smells like a warm summer day, Ruby has an odour of rotting flowers, and every vessel of Cinder's smells like smoke and fire.
  • Terrible Ticking: Everyone marked for possession suffers this, in accordance with the nature of the Elder Grimm that hunts them. Jaune hears constant dripping, Weiss hears a mirror cracking and breaking, Ruby hears a ticking clock, and Nora hears the sounds of Cinder's victims screaming as their souls burn and die by the Elder Grimm's hand.
  • Trapped in Another World: Jaune's ultimate fate.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: Happens to Jaune at the end of the fic.
  • You're Insane!: Weiss gets called this when trying to prove the Grimm's existence to her father, and gets shipped off to Vale to "recover" from her "illness".
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