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Not your ordinary Combat School.

"Welcome to Beacon! Each and everyone of you has the the potential to become a Huntsman or Huntress, guardians of peace and order in our world of Remnant."

"Unfortunately, without the proper knowledge and training, that potential is wasted. That's where we come in. Here in Beacon, we will train and hone your potential, until you are the best Hunter you can be."

"But be forewarned, this is not a regular combat school. You can, and will die if you don't take this seriously. With that said, let the school year begin!"
Headmaster Ozpin
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Welcome to Beacon! is a TV Tropes RP based on Monty Oum and Rooster Teeth's RWBY. Created by Grim Helm on the 2nd of March 2014, it is one of the faster moving Roleplays on the site. Grim Helm is Game Master of the roleplay.

Set in an Alternate Universe two years before the events of canon RWBY, the RP tells the story of a group of first year students in the eponymous Academy as they train, fight and study on their way to becoming Huntsmen and Huntresses. And with the sheer amount of antisocial loners, inflated egos, bad pasts, and plain insanity that most of the characters within the cast seem to have, it will not be an easy story to tell.

Because of the influx of player interest, a second game (known as Beacon-2) was started to accommodate those players who were late to sign up for the first roleplay. The Server 1 RPG can be found here, and the Server 2 RPG can be found here. The original RP discussion, and all its madness, can be found here. The RP discussion for Beacon-2 can be found here.

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On September 2014, various problems on both servers caused the GM to implement a universal Cosmic Retcon, shutting down both servers and opening up a new, combined setting known as Welcome to Beacon: Ultimate Server. or Beacon-U. Beacon-U hopes to streamline the game and make it hassle-free, and also to ensure the survival of the plot of Beacon-2, as that server was dangerously close to dying.

The Beacon-U discussion can be found here.

Don't forget to check out the recap page for approved worldbuilding and plot summaries.


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This roleplay provides examples of the following:

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     Roleplay-Omnipresent 
  • Alternate Universe: All versions of this roleplay are set in an alternate universe to canon RWBY. A major example of this is the three other kingdoms of Remnant being different from their counterparts in the show.
  • All There in the Manual: Most of the worldbuilding surrounding the RP (such as the major noble families of Vale, the surrounding nations of Atlas, Vacuo and Mistral, the history of the Snickersnax and Maddox clans etc.) essentially exists just to provide extra context and is virtually all provided through posts in the discussion thread, rather than in-character. Justified in that all world building needs to be given GM permission before being used.
  • Always Chaotic Evil: The Grimm, just like how they're portrayed in canon RWBY, and which are basically just rampaging, human hating monsters.
  • Applied Phlebotinum: Dust, just like in canon RWBY, is used for everything from transportation to weaponry to complex electronics.
  • Fantastic Racism: As in canon RWBY, against the Faunus, for some characters.
  • Fun with Acronyms: Every team name in the roleplay is an acronym.
  • Impossibly Cool Weapon: Well, of course. From magnums that can transform into combat knives to Powered Armor to chainsaw railguns and chakram yo-yos.
  • Killer Game Master: Grim himself can be this sometimes, especially during the Weapon Girls arc, where he pit the players against Alice's completely broken telekinesis ability, and a Gravity Master Dreigonix described as "Nuhvok-Kal on steroids".
  • The Leader: Just like in canon RWBY, Ozpin appoints a leader for each team when they survive Initiation.
    • Beacon-1 has Ayers Wulfren of Team BLAD, Remus Cerulean of Team DRKR, Rufous Snickersnax of Team CRGS, and Pius Ashen-Nobel of Team JUMP, and later of Team MIND when Urujauni leaves and Dex takes her place on the team.
    • Beacon-2 has Alexia Louisse Vale of Team MANN, Alfred Hawkeye of Team SCAM, Leah D'Avvenicci of Team CLAW, and Glen Whorple of Team GLAM.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: With over 30 different PCs, plus their families, 3 different non-PC hunter teams, and a whole bunch of noble, this trope applies to the RP without a doubt.
  • Mix-and-Match Weapon: Almost ubiquitous among the players in the roleplay.
  • Number Two: A unique part of the roleplay, compared to canon RWBY, is that Ozpin also assigns one of these for each team after Initiation.
    • Beacon-1 has Belle Babineaux of Team BLAD, Lucas Krigsvart of Team DRKR, Barry Saph-Blut of Team CRGS, and Urujauni Ukungu of Team JUMP. Medus Blanc becomes one for Team MIND when Urujauni leaves and Dex takes her place on the team.
    • Beacon-2 has Noa Schwarzgeist of Team MANN, Ghatz Mienne of Team SCAM, Ai Huang of Team CLAW, and Mandy Blatta of Team GLAM.
  • Sink-or-Swim Mentor: Ozpin. To wit—
    • Beacon-1: He catapults the students off a cliff at the start of the Initiation, and the GM implies he arranged for the flock of Nevermore to appear on the day before initiation.
    • Beacon-2: He makes the students finish their trip to Beacon by running through part of the Emerald Forest and fighting a large pack of Beowolves led by a Kerberos. For Initiation-2, he takes the liberty of firing the initiates into the Grimm-infested Emerald Forest out of large cannons.
  • World of Badass: Much like in RWBY, everyone of note is either a highly experienced monster slayer, or training to become one. And if neither, they are least likely to be a skilled warrior against human/Faunus opponents.

     Beacon- 1 
  • Affectionate Nickname: Barry keeps calling Calypso "Callie". She is not pleased.
    • The GM himself calls Urujauni "U-money", as a meta-example.
    • Another meta example: "Ie-chan" for Ieria, "Team Double Date Night" for Team JUMP.
    • Dreigonix calls God Of Awesome "Magara" (because his initials are GOA.)
    • Medus has taken to calling Ieria "Ire"
  • Arc Words: "We're Family" confirmed via Word of GM. First pop ups in Chelsea's speech during lunch on the first day.
  • Applied Phlebotinum: Dust, just like in canon RWBY, is used for everything from transportation to weaponry to complex electronics. But Pius' Dies Irae takes its use to a whole new level, using fifteen mixtures of Dust for whatever Pius needs them for.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: The tallest Grimm in Initiation was an armored Kaijin, standing a little over thirty feet high (ten meters, for you metric folks). But then its position was superseded by the size of Kurira, who stands at 50 meters/164 feet high.
    • Kurira itself is beaten out by a Grimm from the past nammed Behe-Mammoth.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Barry and Calypso. Lampshaded by their team name during Initiation.
  • Betty and Veronica: The love triangle with Natalie Amber (Betty), Carol Bronzearm (Veronica), and Lucas Krigsvart (Archie). Isn't helped by the fact that Grim ships Carcas and Aqua ships LuNa
  • Beware My Stinger Tail: Dex, as well as the terrifying Doom Stalker.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Barry to Olivia, upon a few hours of meeting her. Seth to Chelsea, despite the fact that he's younger by a few months. He's adopted.
  • Big Eater: Dex and Beth.
  • Big Fancy House: Dorm Rose qualifies. It's a three-storey building complete with an indoor pool.
  • Black Knight: Oscar Wylde, Ieria's father is a heroic example of this. Who wields in turn a:
    • Big Freaking Sword: Arguably one of the largest weapons in the RP, and it uses a jet propulsion system to boot.
  • Blood Knight: Jack, all too happy to get into a fight with his superior.
  • Blue Blood: Gaston Scarlett, who has been a dick to many people.
    • Also Barry, who is not a dick. Most of the time. In fact, alluded to in his name, Saph being a shortening of sapphire and Blut being German for blood.
    • Chelsea and Pius were adopted into the Nobility.
    • Only mentioned so far, but Weiss Schnee is also this.
  • Butt-Monkey: Jack and Lucas during the Initiation.
  • Catchphrase: Many, many. To wit:
    • Chelsea has "Rude!" (when dealing with Seth), "Keep working!" (Also when dealing with Seth) and "My baby!" (referring to Fleur de Lys)
    • Seth has "Damn it!" (His response to most situations)
    • Dex has "<insert quip here>, STINGEEEEEEEEEEEEEEERRR!!!" (His battle cry)
    • Meta example: The Players themselves, Like Grim Helm's "I do declare...", "Salute!" "Because Trollzpin..." and "Spot the reference!"
    • Insano has the famous "Don't do too much without me!"
  • Chainsaw Good: Chelsea's chainsaw railgun, Fleur de Lys, and Dex's double-helicopter-chainsword minigun, Rancor Of Set.
  • Character Tics: Pius twirls an unsharpened pencil in his right hand while idle.
    • Rufus grunts.
    • Ieria stares and glares at your unamusing antics.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Barry and Tara are just generally way too upbeat and friendly - he also happens to have a dangerously aggressive split personality, and she got distracted by a butterfly. While in a forest full of Grimm.
    • Special mention also goes to Davros. Amongst other things, he stole koi from the fishpond for lunch (and then pretended not too) and has gotten into an argument over the merits of tuna.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Davros does this a lot. For example, thinking Seth was upset about the tuna instead of the Innocent Innuendo.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Ieria delivers one to Jack during the Panty Raid.
    • Done again, to Jack, by Percival after Jack insults the Queen.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: It would be easier counting which characters did not have a beat-up past, to the point where the players joke about having this trope on a character be a requisite for entering Beacon.
  • Dysfunction Junction: Literally everyone on the main cast has...issues.
  • Fantasy Counterpart Culture: The four main nations have all wound up a little bit like this:
    • Vale is somewhat like Britain - once controlled a powerful empire, ruled by a democratic parliament and a mostly figurehead monarchy. It holds tremendous influence over the other nations and has the longest recorded history - for this reason, it is also extremely wealthy and seen as a place of great wisdom, but also of great intolerance and prejudice. Many of the most powerful corporations are either from Vale or...
    • Mistral. Mistral is a less powerful and influential fusion of Ancient Greek or Italian city-states, in tandem with the political system of the modern day USA and extreme capitalism - everything's a Mega-Corp over there, it seems.
    • Vacuo comes across as something of a North Korea - highly xenophobic and isolationist, its government keen to keep hold of its many secrets. It is known to possess a deeply ingrained caste system, however, similar in some ways to that of India.
    • Atlas is Fantasy!Africa and the Middle East - commonly misconstrued as one vast nation with a single culture, it is rather made up of the 'Eight Courts', each a separate nation, and each in turn being an alliance of multiple small tribes.
  • Foreign Exchange Student: Urujauni, Raqib, and Davros, who are from Atlas, Vacuo, and Mistral, respectively.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Belle is a robotics engineer.
    • Chelsea built her weapon, a chainsaw railgun.
    • Same with Ayers and his prosthetic arms.
    • To say nothing of Pius, who has built the only set of Powered Armor among the characters.
  • Good Bad Girl: Francesca, Francesca, Francesca. Albeit a bit more toned down, she has proposed the idea of a foursome to both Glynda and Lupa, with their respective partners of course. In the case of Lupa, it is implied that Francesca and her have had a fling sometime in the far past.
  • Handicapped Badass: Lucas (a blind Hunter who wields a bow and arrow) and Ayers (who uses prosthetic arms).
  • Headbutting Heroes: Everyone has a problem with someone else. Everyone. Chelsea attempts to rectify this situation among the characters in the Family Bonding arc.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: How Oscar kills Steiner. Steiner had sent Delta to kill the party, Delta had Gravity powers, Steiner was knocked down and Oscar had his sword held over Steiner's neck. Gravity did the rest.
  • I Call It "Vera": Chelsea is a big believer of this. She believes that weapons are partners, and that they weep if they are not given a name.
  • In-Joke: Aquatica1000 couldn't stop laughing at the original pair-ups for the partners thanks to one of pairings ending up being the names of a bunch of katanas in The 39 Clues. See for yourself.
  • Jerkass: No one's a douche like Gaston! (Or Urujauni.)
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: So far, most everyone on the RP can be a real dick. They just balance it out by being genuinely good-hearted.
  • Kick the Dog: Raqib beating Pius in a fair duel was okay. Raqib being needlessly brutal about it, and then mocking his fallen opponent was not okay.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: The ending of Day 3, with four duels occurring between the students.
  • Little Bit Beastly: The Faunus, just like in canon, have animal features, but they look mostly human.
  • Loners Are Freaks: Calypso has a bit of this, but the biggest one in the RP is Urujauni - when she found out that all of the students were assigned a partner and placed into teams, she had a nervous breakdown, and during Initiation she nearly killed herself trying to exploit a perceived loophole in the rules, just so she could take part on her own.
    • Arguably, Ieria is even more of a loner than the other two put together, seeing as she rarely even speaks of her own will to others and mostly tries to seclude herself.
  • Nervous Wreck: Olivia Rouge. She starts talking like a machine gun when she's nervous.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: A minor example, but Pius' attempt to intimidate Beth into calming down resulted in her releasing deadly metal tentacles at everyone. If Oscar had not been there to pull away the tentacles, the characters might have needed to waste more time fighting Beth again in order to subdue her.
  • Official Couple: As of Lover's Day, Seth and Olivia are dating. Time will tell if they'll last.
    • Remus and Chelsea have become this recently, and odds are they will last quite some time. On a lesser note, Ieria and Medus are becoming this.
  • Off with His Head!: How Oscar kills Dr. Steiner.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Claudius Jade versus the Behe-Mammoth. By himself. The fight left both combatants dead, and a crater miles wide where it had taken place.
  • Otaku: Chelsea Violet is a Weapon Otaku. She basically fangirls every time she sees a cool weapon.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: Urujauni, who comes from Atlas. She makes her entrance by killing and riding a Nevermore to school. Then bragging about it.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Barry/Ice has one when Carol, while under the control of Luna, hurt Calypso, proceeding to recklessly attack her with no regard to the robot opening upon him with a gatling gun and ending with Rufus knocking him unconscious as he tried to choke her to death.
  • Running Gag:
    • "Don't do too much without me!" -Said by many players out-of-sync with the majority due to time zone or schedule constraints, but mostly said by Insano.
    • Blind jokes. Poor Lucas. And his player, who's always at the butt end of this in the discussions page...
    • Sleep deprivation is a common complaint in the discussions forum. When the GM is on the other side of the world from the players, and the co-GM is thirteen hours out-of-sync with him, one of them has to sacrifice a proper sleeping schedule to keep the roleplay moving along.
  • Snakes Are Sexy: Ieria Jade, the Snake Faunus. She has the biggest bust of the initiates so far, and holds a sleek and slender body type among other things. That being said, neither of those is displayed often, seeing as she binds her breasts and wears baggy clothing.
    • Turned up a notch with Ieria's mother, Francesca. Who is decidedly less conservative than her daughter and openly flirts with Glynda and Lupa.
  • Talking to Themself: Barry and his split personality, Ice, have conversed with each other a lot, to the point that, when Rufus first mandates antipsychotics for Barry and he realizes he can't hear Ice anymore he almost has a fit then and there.
  • Those Two Guys: Jack and Lucas are partners. And the universe always seems to screw them up as a pair.
  • Tsundere: Calypso is a Type A. She's rude to everyone.
    • Chelsea is a Type B. The tsun only comes out with Seth.
    • Judging by the latest posts, Seth is Type A to Olivia.
  • Unwanted Harem: Lucas seems to be racking up a lot of love interests...
  • We ARE Struggling Together: The relationship of everyone living in Dorm Rose. Chelsea attempts to rectify this situation in the Family Bonding arc.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Chelsea calls out everyone in Dorm Rose for barely bonding with each other after a week-and-a-half together at Beacon, starting the Family Bonding arc.
  • Winged Humanoid: Calypso, who is a hawk Faunus.
  • Yandere: Carol towards Lucas, oh so much.

     Beacon- 2 
  • Alternate Continuity: Set in one to Beacon-1. Things are slightly different in this version, most notably the state of affairs in Atlas.
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