PaulHikari

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    • Scenes From The Future Of RWBY (Possibly) #15

      6 days ago

      PaulHikari

      My Purpose


      The flight to the isle of Midna was long and dreary, and with each passing minute, fear set in amongst the united armies of Remnant. What if they failed to save Ozpin? What if they failed to survive the onslaught of Grimm that were doubtless waiting for them? What if this isle of Midna didn’t even exist?


      This fear, Yang decided, simply wouldn’t do.


      Thus, she stepped forward, walking down the length of the airship that housed her and her friends and teammates, Teams RWBY, SSSN, and JNPR, until she reached the cockpit and knocked on the sealed door.


      “Who is it?” the voice of General Ironwood softly boomed through the door, bidding Yang to open it and step in.


      “Mr. Ironwood,” she said. “Permission to speak with the rest of the army.


      “For what purpose, Ms. Xiao Long?” asked the general, his eyes focused on the sea ahead.


      “The rest of my team has already given motivational speeches. I figure, might as well give one too.”


      Setting the intercom to Open Channel, James opened the door to the cabin and let Yang sidle up beside him. “Make it quick,” he said, “and do try not to break anything this time.”


      “I’ve learned my lesson, Jim. Don’t worry.”


      The good general couldn’t help but crack a smile as he watched Yang tap the monitor and blip the intercom to life.


      “Whassup, my homies?!” she hollered over the intercom. No one answered, much to her dismay. “Really? Nothing to that? Oh, well.”


      But before she could hang up, an officer answered from another ship. “Silver Delta 2, reading you loud and clear. Over.”


      Excited, Yang picked up the intercom and resumed her talk.


      “The name’s Yang Xiao Long. You know me as ‘Blondie,’ ‘Hot Stuff,’ ‘Lady Punch-a-Lot,’ ‘The Girl who Broke Mercury’s Leg,’ and ‘Yangry.’”


      A mix of groans, boos, and sighs reciprocated her poor choice of humor, but she was mostly met with pained silence.


      “Come on, folks. These are the jokes. Tough crowd,” she flatly responded before clearing her throat and straightening herself. “Now, all kidding aside, I’ve lived most of my life thinking that I had no purpose, being the illegitimate daughter of two of the best hunters ever to come out of Beacon Academy—no offense, by the way. But recent events have led me to realize that despite all assurances to the contrary, I had let myself be a prisoner of the past.”


      This time, a series of murmurs greeted her.


      “I had spent the better part of my life chasing after my mom for answers that were never there, to questions that I never even needed to ask. And after I lost most of my hair—not to mention my arm—I began to realize that my life…does have a purpose after all. Everyone’s life has a purpose, in fact.”


      In the loading bay, the sleeping Ruby jittered herself awake to the sound of Yang’s voice, her silver eyes fluttering open.


      “Some people are meant to go out and be heroes in storybooks. Some are meant to write those storybooks themselves. Me? I’m just meant to get out there, kick some butt, and put smiles on the faces of people who need help. It’s something I’ve been doing for my own team without even realizing it until I reunited with them at Mistral.”


      She tiptoed to the cockpit and peered inside.


      “And guess who needs help right now. I’ll give you a hint: he’s got white hair, wiry sunglasses, a green necktie, a black suit, and he drinks WAY too much coffee. That’s right: Professor Ozpin.”

      Yang paused to look back, spotting Ruby in the doorway, and then faced the microphone again.


      “It’s going to be crazy, it’s going to be scary, and it’s going to be dangerous—deadly, even. But me and my friends, here? We figure, screw that! When we get to Midna, we’re going to save Ozpin if it’s the last thing we do, and we’ll blast any monster dumb enough to get in our way to kingdom come!”


      She pumped her prosthetic fist…


      “WHO’S COMING WITH US?!”


      …and after a brief pause, was met with waves of applause over the intercom.


      “Thank you, Ms. Xiao Long,” said General Ironwood. “Now, please return to your seat.”

       


    • Tired and...whatsit

      6 days ago

      PaulHikari

      I don't know why. That is all.

    • "Bmblb" is a big mistake

      2 weeks ago

      PaulHikari

      No matter how you look at it, this one song, "Bmblb", set to come out on the RWBY Volume 4 soundtrack, is a big PR nightmare waiting to happen. If it's about Bumblebee, the ship between Blake and Yang, that's grounds for pandering to the fan dumb, and if it's not, it's grounds for queerbaiting. Frankly, I think the latter is the lesser of the two evils, because nobody who deserves to call himself or herself a creator should have to stoop to the level of the fan dumb for ratings or publicity or anything. Besides, there's no hard evidence that any of Blake and Yang's interactions could possibly be romantic and no reason for it to make sense in the context of the story, and even if there was, for any romance to work, both parties involved must have a common core desire to bond over, an overlap that Blake and Yang sorely lack.


      Blake wants people to see her as a person, not as a label, and to that end, she needs a reason to stop running away.


      Yang, on the other hand, wants a life of adventure. Always running, always fighting, always being someone else's 11th hour guardian angel. And to that end, she needs to close the book on her abandonment issues with Raven.


      Any overlap? Any common ground? I think not.

    • Most Unfairly Hated Characters?

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      PaulHikari

      Who do you think are the most unfairly hated characters in RWBY, and why?


      To start, I'd say that besides the obvious answers of Jaune, Blake, and Ruby, it's Sun and Neptune. Both of them are hated mainly because they got in the way of White Rose and Bumblebee, and what few legitimate criticisms exist...well, I can't think of any that can't be traced to time constraints and limited resources.

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    • Scenes from the Future of RWBY (possibly) #14

      9 months ago

      PaulHikari

      The Last Preparation


      It was finally time.


      With the CCTs back online, communications flowed more smoothly than ever before, even unto tracking down Ozpin's location: the forbidden isle of Midna.


      Very little was known about the isle, for though many had tried exploring it, none had lived to tell the tales of their exploits. The closest thus far to doing so had been Ruby's mother, Summer.


      And now, here they were, Teams RWBY, SSSN, and JNPR, leading a legion of huntsmen and huntresses to retrieve their headmaster. But of course, they were not alone; the armies of Atlas, Vale, Vacuo, and Mistral stood united to cover them.


      And leading the attack would be Jaune and Ruby, the newest great heroes of Remnant.


      As Jaune prepared to board the last airship of the fleet that would take the army to Midna, he spotted Ruby sitting alone by the hangar door, reading a magazine about weapons and listening to her favorite music, her red headphones set snugly over her ears. Jaune hesitated, but then tapped Ruby's shoulder. Immediately, her silver eyes snapped up to meet his blue ones, and she slipped her headphones off.


      "What is it, Jaune?" asked Ruby.


      "Um, well..." started Jaune, eking a dull leer from Ruby. "I was just wondering."


      "Wondering what?"


      "Well, after we rescue Ozpin...what do you want to do?"


      "What? You mean as in for the rest of the school year?"


      "I mean beyond that. After we graduate, what do you want to do?"


      Ruby paused to pinch her chin. "You see, my mom...even after she had me, she wanted to help people wherever she went. That's what I want to do too. It's what I've always wanted."


      Jaune smiled. "You know what? That's what I've always wanted too. More than even being like my ancestors before me."


      "Yeah," chuckled Ruby. "Of course, we've learned that we can't do this alone, but..." Then, Ruby tilted her head and raised an eyebrow. "Wait a sec. Jaune, where's this going?"


      Jaune caught his breath and twiddled his fingers. "Well, you see, wouldn't it be nice if, you know, we kept helping people together?"


      "Of...course..."


      "I mean, you and me...we could be...I don't know, more than just friends, or partners in hero work, or whatever you want to see that. I mean, I'm just talking hypothetically, but--"


      "Jaune, wait," interrupted Ruby. "Are you saying that you...like me?"


      "What, as a friend?"


      "No. As in LIKE like me. As in...LOVE me."


      "Um...then, yes," squeaked Jaune.


      "Ohhhhhhh..."


      Without another word, Ruby jumped out of her seat, threw her arms around Jaune's neck, and kissed him. Jaune, at first shocked by Ruby's move, tried to squirm away, but soon eased off, closed his eyes, and returned Ruby's affection. As they broke away, Ruby wiggled her fingers across her lips.


      "That tasted like melon soda," she dribbled. "With onions."


      "You can thank Ren for that," said Jaune. "Now, come on. We've got a headmaster to save."


      "I'm here if you need me," smiled Ruby, and together, they boarded the airship and let the hangar door close behind them.

    • Scenes From The Future Of RWBY (Possibly): #13

      9 months ago

      PaulHikari

      Rude Awakening


      Something spun wildly inside Blake's head as she struggled to open her eyes. The last thing she remembered was her old stab wound reopening while she was trying to fight her way out of a horde of Grimm, and then, she could've sworn she saw someone--or something--diving in to rescue her as she lost consciousness.


      But who was it? Or what was it?


      The first thing she noticed when she finally opened her eyes was the tree branches hanging overhead against the backdrop of a cloudy gray morning sky. Her hand reached for her side and felt a fresh set of bandages wrapped around her body, still damp from her own blood. Then, she heard a small campfire crackling nearby, the scent of cooking ham wafting to her nose. She strained to sit up, still aching from her blood loss or dehydration--she couldn't tell which anymore. And there, squatting with his back turned to the fire and a frying pan wrapped by the handle in his tail was...


      "Sun?" groaned Blake, clutching her head. "What are you doing here?"


      "That any way to greet the guy who saved your life last night?" snarked Sun.


      Blake scanned Sun's uncharacteristically stern frown, then the bloodied bandages around her, and then the frying pan over the fire. "I told you not to follow me."


      "I didn't." Sun's tone of voice was laden with sarcasm. "I was in the neighborhood and you happened to be in the way at the right time."


      Blake scowled. "You should've left me."


      "Why?"


      "You should've left me alone."


      Sun almost dropped the ham into the fire. "What are you? Stupid?"


      "YOU'RE the one who's being stupid. I left Beacon to protect you. You and everyone else I love. Ruby, Weiss, Yang...everyone. And now, here you are, coming after me again."


      "You're not protecting anyone by running away!"


      Blake jumped to her feet and clenched her fists at her sides, heedless of the fresh blood seeping into the bandages. "Don't you get it?! You're all in danger because of me! You especially, now that you're here!" And she tried to jump away, but the pain in her side seized her up, forcing her to sit back down.


      Sun set the frying pan aside and placed his hand beside Blake. "Don't move," he said. "That wound still needs to heal." But then, his concern was tinted with curiosity. "How'd that happen, anyway?"


      Blake didn't answer.


      "You don't want to talk about it right now, do you?"


      Blake shook her head.


      "All right. Fine. But let me tell you something, Blake Belladonna. It's been over 8 months since we've last seen each other, and I let you go because I thought you needed the time to think about what you were doing."


      "I've thought long and hard about what I was doing," Blake replied. "You're all better off without me."


      Sun's eyes narrowed to dark slits. "What if I told you that you're wrong?"


      "...Enlighten me."


      "You see, Blake, back in Mistral, Ruby issued a call for all huntsmen and huntresses in Remnant--"


      "Sun, wait," Blake interrupted. "Did you say...'Ruby'?"


      "Yeah," Sun resumed. "And she's trying to rally all the huntsmen and huntresses in Remnant to her so they can stop the three remaining kingdoms from going to war with each other."


      "...Where is she?"


      "She's in Mistral. Her, Jaune, Ren, and Nora. They need all the help they can get."


      "So, why aren't YOU there, helping her?"


      "Because I left to find help. And I found you." Only now did Sun begin to show signs of a smile. "Either way, you're not alone, Blake. You've got friends waiting for you around the world. They need you, and you need them. No. WE need you, and you need US."


      Blake noticed that Sun had stretched out his hand to her, and reluctantly, she grasped it in her own. "All right," she said. "I'll go with you to Mistral. But if you get hurt, don't say I didn't warn you."

    • Scenes From The Future Of RWBY (Possibly): #12

      10 months ago

      PaulHikari

      Promises


      The sun hung high in the sky as the army of huntsmen and huntresses approached the outskirts of Vale. Standing near the front line were Teams RWBY, SSSN, and the recently reformed JNPR. Their work to rally the kingdoms of Mistral, Atlas, and Vacuo had been met with tension from all sides, but in the wake of the ever-increasing Grimm attacks and the legend of the silver-eyed saint, it had all been worth it. Now, what was once the city of Vale was just hours away from being reclaimed by this unified force.


      Or so they hoped.


      Out of eyesight from their respective team leaders, Weiss and Neptune stood side by side, poised to fight with their friends and allies.


      "Neptune?" said Weiss, turning her eyes to meet his.


      "What is it?" asked Neptune.


      "I want you to promise me something."


      "Look, I know where this is going."


      "Yeah, yeah. Two people promise each other something before battle and one of them dies. I know."


      "Then why are you—?"


      Weiss put her finger across his lips to silence him. "I was getting to that. Now, I want you to promise me that if you see me in trouble, don't come to my rescue, okay? Save yourself. Find someone else you can make happy."


      Neptune's face sagged for a moment as Weiss' finger fell away. "Uh...okay..."


      Less than an hour later...


      Having gone ahead of the main attack force to clear a path to the Central Communications Tower, Ruby and Weiss had just slain the last of a pack of Beowolves crowding the town square, but more Grimm were barreling down the streets.


      “Any more plans?” Weiss panted, resting on her planted rapier.


      But before her leader could answer, a Gryphon swooped down at them. In a flash, Ruby shoved Weiss out of the way, only to be plucked off the ground by her cape and carried away, flailing her scythe. Before Weiss could process what was going on, a King Taijitu burst out of the ground beneath her feet and tossed her into the air off of its head.


      Her rapier lost, she tried to break her fall with a glyph, but she was too tired to muster such a feat, and the gaping maw of the monstrous Grimm snake awaited her below. Her sister, her friends, the promise she had made to the people of Atlas. Weiss closed her eyes and braced herself for the monstrous snake to snatch it all away from her.


      But then...


      "Weiss!" cried a familiar voice.


      A firm hand clamped down on hers and jerked her to a stop partway down the King Taijitu's gullet. When she opened her eyes, she couldn't believe what she saw: Neptune, with his guan dao jamming the snake's mouth open in one hand and Weiss' hand in the other. He had sensed that she would be in danger and launched himself after her with help from Team JNPR.


      "Neptune, what are you doing?!" gasped Weiss.


      "Disobeying a direct order! That's what I'm doing!" strained Neptune as he pulled on Weiss' hand. "Everything's going to be okay! Now, take my hand and pull!"


      Instinctively, she grabbed Neptune's hand in both of hers and pulled with all her might. In a blur, Neptune slung her out of the King Taijitu's mouth to the ground below. She only had a brief moment to witness the guan dao coming loose, freeing the snake to clamp its jaws down over Neptune. With a thud, she tumbled onto the ground, raised her eyes in horror, and opened her mouth to cry out Neptune's name, when...


      BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM BLAM POW


      The King Taijitu lurched, rippled, heaved, and contracted to a series of sickening booms from within itself, until finally...


      KADOOJ


      In a flash of electricity and black ash, the snake burst in two, leaving a shallow, smoking crater where it once sat. In its center lay a dazed and weary but still very much alive Neptune.


      Weiss sighed in ecstasy and relief as she stood up, walked to the fallen Neptune, and pulled him to his feet amidst the fading remains of the snake.


      "See?" he moaned. "I told you everything was going to be oka—"


      He was interrupted by a slap in the face. "That's for scaring me!" snapped Weiss.


      "Hey!" Neptune tried to object, only to be interrupted by a stomp to his toes.


      "That's for disobeying me!" continued Weiss.


      The furious Neptune hopped around on his unhurt foot, glared at Weiss, and opened his mouth to tell her off, but again, he was interrupted. This time, however, it was her hand stroking his face. The next thing he knew, her lips were planted on his in a passionate kiss. He soon set his foot down and reciprocated her affection.


      "And that's for saving me," concluded Weiss as the pair broke away, taking only passing notice of Ruby crash landing her Gryphon captor nearby. "And Ruby."


      "You're welcome," quipped Ruby, heaving the fading Gryphon off of herself and staggering to her feet.


      “Well, if this is how our relationship is going to go down, I can live with it,” said Neptune.


      “So can I, Neptune,” smiled Weiss. “So can I.” And the two of them reeled each other back in for an intimate hug.


      “Hey, lovebirds,” said Ruby, forcing them apart. “I’d hate to interrupt, but…” She jabbed her finger toward an all too familiar monster flying from the ruins of the Central Communications Tower. “GRIMM DRAGON! 9 O’ CLOCK!”

  • Comments (9)

    • Letan FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Drink Coffee, Make Games

      2 years ago

      Hey, thanks for the add dude! smiley13.gif

    • Fly FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of Blades

      2 years ago

      hey dude... I appreciate the FR, but how did you find me?

      • Fly FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of Blades

        2 years ago

        I don't think I asked for FR's... but I'll gladly accept!

      • PaulHikari

        2 years ago

        I saw a post you made asking for FRs, so I obliged.

    • Caszie FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Fishy Queen

      2 years ago

      Thank you for the friendship!!!!! smiley0.gif

    • ILOVEANIMES

      2 years ago

      Thanks for the add! :D

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