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  • MajesticRaven

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    #33751104 - 3 months ago

    Chess has been a consistent motif through the first few volumes of the series. At the start of the series, we see the two primary teams RWBY and JNPR collect a variety of "relics", which are the white chess pieces while black are also present. Ozpin is particularly focused and doesn't talk much when his students are collecting these relics, and the members that collected the white relics ended up heavily involved within Ozpin's circle in the fight against Salem, also involved in collecting actual relics.


    It's also been shown consistently with the various moments in the series where forces under Salem (or more directly under Cinder), are seen using black chess pieces to represent themselves. Now that we've been provided further context, and "Darkness" and "Light" have been embodied in physical characters with the gods, it seems this entire world has turned into a chess match between the gods, with Salem and Ozpin fighting for the sides of Dark and Light respectively. If the God of Light wins the chess match, the gods return to the world to live among the people. If the God of Dark wins the chess match, the gods wipe everything out for good this time.


    Pretty high stakes game. Just some early morning thoughts that occurred while re-watching the series.

  • Perigraph

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    #33752947 - 2 months ago

    In reply to MajesticRaven 

    RWBY hasn't done much with chess motifs, though you may be right about where the gods stand in this. That said, I feel like stretching the point for the fun of it.

    It's worth noting that Qrow's message to Oz at the end of Volume One was "Queen has pawns." He doesn't refer to the color of the queen, suggesting this "board" has only ever had one queen. If it was also assumed to only ever have one king as well, Oz was being rather cheeky with a private joke here.

    Aside from the royalty and the pawns, the game begins with four of each piece: bishop, knight, and rook. Each team consists of four members, but each pair in that team represents a single piece. RNJR resulted in an unusual circumstance if you consider fairy chess pieces. The partnership of Jaune and Ruby combines a rook and a knight. The result is called an empress.

    Let's go back to Qrow's message and compare it to the relics used to determine team assignment. Qrow suggests that those working for Salem are pawns, where the relics suggest Oz views his agents as pieces. The latter may or may not be the impression Oz was trying to give, but Salem may agree with the assessment in a way that lets her claim to be the fairer leader.

    Only pawns can be promoted, after all.