In reply to BakedBrain
There is actually more you forgot Ironwood who is VERY much doing something on his own.
Uhm again that is wrong that is just ONE way to tell a conspiracy you can also tell one by having people slowly unravel the age old deceptions like RWBY actually IS.
You are narrowing it down in such a way that isnt the only way to tell a story I have read MANY a story that does conspiracy and its NOTHING like what you are trying to say.
You just have a way you THINK conspiracy should be and it shows. But and here is the thing its not the only way to do a conspiracy.
There is more then just the way you outline to have a conspiracy storytelling and RWBY is doing it.
A good example is Final Fantasy Tactics which DOES have a conspiracy story multiple of them to be precise. You have the church, the Nobles, petty people trying to control the war, People reacting to all this not aware of the other plots, and then of course you have the REAL masterminds the Demons.
Tactics doesnt do ANYTHING you just tried to outline yet it has such a MASSIVE conspiracy plot line people need spreadsheets to keep up. You follow Ramza and his Merc band for most of it but you also get scenes from others giving insight into things and not just glimpses either but some deep lore. Some is also stuff Ramza ISNT aware of but we the audience is and Ramza doesnt find out till later very much like RWBY does. Same goes for FFXIV which also has conspiracy both good and bad going on and it does only some of what you said and often mixes it or just doesnt do it at all. A good example is the way you describe Fair is followed by the crystal brave plot but the asciens the biggest threat in the game is done like RWBY does it and they 100% are a conspiracy.
RWBY despite what you think is a conspiracy show that doesnt mean it will stay one but so far each volume has dug up new info that radically changes what we think is going on.
Vol 1 it was the organizied and driven crime hinting something MORE was going on.
Vol 2 saw that hint turn into a terrorist attack as well as give us more information on how BAD the world is. It let us know there is an organized threat against the world
Vol 3 had the festival which showed us the power plays at work as well as introduced us to magic something we DIDNT know about at all.
Vol 4 Gave us more knowledge such as the gods and relics and let us see for the first time the face of the enemy. Plus Ozpin coming back from the dead changing MANY things we thought we knew.
Vol 5 saw another terrorist attack as well as a subversion of Ozpin's network it also let us see for the first time relics and gave us hints on more things we didnt know about IE revival.
Now some conspiracy storys DO in fact do what you describe but its not universal there is countless ways to tell a story.
Conspiracy is complex and there is many ways to handle it and present it heavily based on what you do and dont want out of the story. There is no set formula or way to go about it. If it was then it would become stale as you would be able to predict the story based on the formula.
As for your explanation of the dungeons that is called being a double or triple agent. You know something we have already seen in the show as is.
Leo was a traitor but one with no real loyalty to either side he was just trying to save his hide. We also have Ironwood who might be going Rogue based on what we saw in vol 4 vol 6 might show us if that is true or not due to Qrow sending a letter ahead from what I have heard from the Panel.
We also have people like Raven who were part of the group then broke off going 100% rogue and causing trouble for EVERYONE.
Then we have the clear brewing Civil war between the White Fang going to happen.
Also as for your line about Leo and playing concern wouldnt have worked they knew he wasnt on the up and up. Because there is things in place for Ozpin's revival and leo is going off script making them aware things were wrong. Also no one would believe Raven being the sister role we saw that with vol 4 were Raven getting Qrow a drink was a suspicious sign.
And this is ALL "in your face" by the way all of this has been directly said or spelled out in the show.
RWBY isnt a conspiracy on the level of Dan Brown or others like him but it is a conspiracy show and story telling.