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  • Faunus Rights Revolution: Pitch

    11 hours ago

    Xelian

    Hi there, @Miles @Kerry and anyone else who is taking the time to read this. Thank you for interest, be it coming by on chance or because I sent you the link, your attention is greatly appreciated! 


    With that in mind, I will cut to the chase. I have prepared a Log Line, Synopsis and treatment for a Faunus Rights Revolution film I was hoping to share with you. I also have a conceptual movie poster being commissioned as you read this and more content besides waiting in the wings for those interested. I'll let my writing speak for me now and would be honored to get a response, thanks for your time! 



    Faunus Rights Revolution

    Log Line

    Professional: 

    The Faunus Rights Revolution is a thematically charged action and war drama, centered around a trio of young Faunus fighting to save their people from persecution, deportation, and death at the hands of Humanity.


    Commercial:

    In the world of Remnant, the Faunus face oppression and deportation at the hands of humans. Three young heroes join the resistance to defend their people.



    Synopsis

    Fifty years after the Great War that ended with the promise of peace and equality, the tides of oppression rise again. Faunus are forced from their homes and driven from their lands, consigned to the tiny desert island of Menagerie. In the face of this injustice, Sienna, a former mining debt slave, Kali, whose ancestral land was stolen away, and Ghira, a native of Menagerie, are united by the desire to protect their people from persecution, and join the resistance. Together, they will stare down the greatest kingdoms in the world to protect their people- and each other



    Treatment

    Prologue (SEQUENCE ONE – Status Quo & Inciting Incident)


    The hot summer sun shines through palm trees as a young boy with dark claws is drawn away from his work chopping wood to look across his home of Kuo Kuana. 


    The houses are rickety, and it looks somewhat sparsely inhabited. He grins when a boat comes limping into port, and abandons his chore to rush through the streets of the town. 


    He shouts about new arrivals to those he passes and skids to a halt at the base of the pier, where a robed Faunus with long dark hair stands waiting with a guard.


    The boy is waving and shouting is cut off as his parent clasps his shoulder and says, quietly, “Not now, Ghira.” 


    Ghira is stunned as he takes in the people on the boat, tired, worn, huddled and sad. He asks why they are not happy to be there? 


    His parent explains that the journey would have been hard and how tiring leaving one’s home is, before moving to greet the newcomers. They are greeted as chieftain and are thanked as they offer their town’s hospitality. 


    Ghira overhears the new arrivals speak of death tolls on the travel and mention that “More will be coming, they won't have a choice.” 


    Ghira looks out to the sea with concern.

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    Within a pristine, mountainous forest, a large and prosperous settlement of Faunus live in in yurts and tents surrounding a forest temple and a small number of stone fortifications.


    A young girl with braided black hair and cat ears walks through the village, greeting friends and family who answer her with statements like “Good morning, Kali” and "Hello Kali!". 


    Kali approaches the center of the temple. She smiles, offers a prayer to the ancestors and begins to place offerings, talking of strange human visitors from the nearby coast who came by that morning.


    Kali's ears perk up and the sounds of arguing can be heard, words of land deals, purchases and broken promises ring out as the ones arguing insist they cannot leave their ancestral home only to be told their 'home' is Menagerie and that the land is owned by the kingdom of Mistral.


    The Faunus argue that they may end up resisting and are chided for being upset, citing the Grimm as a threat and the importance of law and order in the kingdoms. 


    Kali sneaks around to watch the people arguing, worried, and sees armed guards with the human. She is pulled away by a senior Holy One and told not to worry and that everything will be fine.

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    A similar mantra of 'everything will be fine' is heard from a new voice, one more stressed and tense.


    A small child is revealed being pulled along by an older Faunus out of an airship and into a dusty, rocky area surrounded with walls, boxy building and guards. She is tense and alarmed even though she is told the guards are here to protect them.


    She argues that she can protect herself and is hushed harshly and told in a whisper that she never should have sought out that "Old fool Dios" and how Faunus like them who don't change with the times and cling to tradition make things harder for the rest of them.


    Her expression hints that she does not believe this as she asks how long they are meant to help out at the mine before they can go back to Atlas. 


    She is told it will not be long, just until things "quiet down, Sienna". 

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    Written: David Passmore (Email: davidcpassmore@gmail.com) 
    Editor: https://masternoj.tumblr.com/


    This is just the log lines, synopsis and prologue, I have a complete Treatment ready at 89 pages, but cannot post it all at once and was hoping to gauge reactions before revealing the rest. I can also send it by private message or other methods if that is preferred. 


    Thank you again for your time. 


  • My Overall Weekend

    1 day ago

    Paul-1122

    This weekend has been a good one for me because I spent it alone with only 1 dog & 3 cats for close company, just like I did back in late-2016 (September 30th - October 3rd) & this time, I not only watched RWBY Volume 1 (1:30) & Red Vs. Blue Season 14 (6:00) on Saturday & the 2017 Power Rangers movie (8:00) on Sunday, but I also got more in touch with a part of myself in nature (clothes-free) as well, that & along with reading the 1st RWBY manga anthology book, doing target practice with my water launcher & slingshot & watching some random videos on YouTube, some of which were Jackass related (which takes me back to my last long weekend at home when I watched Seasons 4 & 5 of Viva La Bam on the Saturday & Sunday evenings), & this weekend (for me) has given me a clear perspective of how this summer will be like for me & what I want to have more of in my everyday life in terms of friendship & love, as well as the certain things (such as some MTV related shows like Ridiculousness) that I had an interest in a long time ago that I want to do more of as well

  • RWBY Anthology Readthrough

    5 days ago

    Paul-1122

    After seeing Action Point last Saturday at the Sunridge Spectrum, I went into Chapters to look around for a few minutes & when I get there (at the manga section), I come across the RWBY manga anthology book that revolves around Ruby Rose & after getting it, I promised to get the other 3 books that revolve around the other 3 main characters in RWBY (Weiss, Blake & Yang) & read through them as well, & on the weekend, I'll finally read through the Ruby book (& give myself a head start by reading the coloured part of it), like I did back in March with the manga book that I got before the manga anthology came out & since the Weiss book (anthology book #2) won't be out until August, I'll be reading the original Yu-Gi-Oh! manga again, which I did before the official RWBY manga anthology came out in 2018 in English format (from 2015 - 2018) which I enjoyed & will again over the summer in the same way I will as I read through the RWBY manga anthologies from book-to-book for the next few months.

  • New Notes on Ren's Semblance Headcanon

    6 days ago

    Elemental_Colors

    0. Stockpiling of Evil


    All the negative emotions he buries eventually stockpiles and takes the form of a sentient, inner demon with serpentine motifs and the power to overtake others' aura. Visually, the latter is identical to Ren's canon Semblance but emits green aura instead of pink. Effects may include poisoning, paralysis, trauma, maybe more (it's much like what happens when any mere ninja get exposed to Tailed Beast chakra in Naruto--they can't handle it.) I'm naming that demon Lienji for distinction.


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    1. Not Just Emotions


    Any mental/spiritual ailment can be fed to his inner demon if Ren uses his own Semblance to overcome them. Let's say Emerald causes Ren to hallucinate, the latter can not only clear his head but also drain the sensations that made him hallucinate (and I don't need to repeat what kind of drain that is.) As a result, Lienji will also be able mimic Emerald's Semblance albeit his own variation of it; that is, unlike Emerald who typically uses it to deceive or misdirect enemies, Lienji will use it to cast his killing intent and the inflicted will witness their own brutal deaths in a vision.

    2. Role of Pink

    Ren constantly needs to keep Lienji in check, because the last time he got careless with this power, he nearly killed Nora (in all seriousness Lienji might as well be a snake Faunus), but that was a long time ago. For the most part, he's been pretty successful but Lienji may still slip out at any given time (but that's just my excuse for Ren to be Pyrrha's partner in the Vytal Doubles). However, that would mean that his fight against the Nuckelavee should have been the most reasonable time for it to be unleashed and yet no cigar.

    Or maybe, the best time would've been specifically after his aura was depleted in said fight. To avoid conflicting with canon, Ren could be about to use Lienji's power but still be prevented from doing so by Nora (who doesn't even need to realize what Ren was planning). So for consistency, this would have to be explained in a later season. And so with the Nuckelavee dead and his relationship with Nora growing, it looks like Lienji can't and won't need to surface again, right?

    ...A full circle this early is a bad omen. I don't like it.

    3. A Guide to the Underworld

    If we're ever going to see Lienji in the story ahead, someone or something else needs to forcefully awaken him from Ren's heart. One such idea I have depends on my theory for Mercury Black's Semblance to be correct: He can steal, store, and channel the ghosts of everyone he's killed, which is how he guides his Dust rounds--each one is possessed. But more on that can be explored here:

    https://capricornguy.deviantart.com/journal/Mercury-Black-s-Semblance-New-Theory-730837060 


    I envision a fight between Ren and Mercury, in which the latter will send a whole swarm of ghosts to try and possess Ren. Once Ren uses his Semblance free himself, all those ghosts will be sent drowning into Lienji's realm where the demon devours them all and grows so much stronger from them. From this point on, Ren may struggle and fail to contain Lienji again.

    In addition, from Mercury's Semblance, Lienji also gains the ability to summon phantom snakes that extend his own power through their fangs.

    4. Yakuza Zombies

    Another storyline for bringing out Lienji involves an OC villain of mine to serve as Ren's archnemesis. His name is Yakuza Yuying, whose Semblance enables any inanimate object he touches to move and act upon his will. This also works on dead bodies as well as the ornate Dust tattoos all over him. The corpses are still technically dead, but they will walk, jump, run, and fight at his command like any living huntsman.

    My point is, this Yakuza is the guy responsible for unleashing the Nuckelavee across villages in Anima, and for each population killed, he collects the bodies, tattoos them with various types of Dust (a distinct decoration on each corpse), and reanimates them all to form an undead army, or what calls the Yakuza Zombies. And who do you suppose would be among their numbers...?

    If Ren were to see his parents again being desecrated and used to assist Yakuza's crimes, then that would obviously trigger him and Lienji. Or worse, Ren could be forced to take them down when they become a threat to his friends as well, and when he does, I don't expect to see him even try to hold Lienji back--just let his rage and hatred run wild as swears to kill Yakuza (who would in turn make seizing Kuroyuri's survivor a priority).

  • My top ships from RWBY X-Over Fanfics

    1 week ago

    Pyrovian03

    One of my top 3 X-Over RWBY Ships


    1.Harry Potter X Pyrrha Nikos

    2.Ben 10 X Ruby Rose

    3.OC(Kamen rider user) X Yang Xiao Long

  • "EROTIC" RWBY Cosplay on WEB - Notice

    1 week ago

    GlauberPeresBR

    I discover it searching on internet for RWBY Cosplay images at Google Images: Have pornographic content site shares videos of RWBY's cosplays made by notebook webcam and homemade animated videos. And this files are reshared in another of this porn sites – so many times, hosted at United States's servers. I’m a Brazilian RWBY fan and would love work at ROOSTER TEETH, but this dream is SO IMPOSSIBLE; I think erotic RWBY Cosplay CANNOT SHARED IN ANYWHERE, FOR ANYMORE. Porn cosplays destroy the magic fantasy brought by the characters we fan identify with us. I wanna request to Rooster Teeth claim trought Legal Instruments to remove all of this files hosted on United Stades Server, under penalties of fines for disobeying the judicial decision favorable to the Copyright holder of RWBY’s characters or relationed informations. 

    I wanted suggestions on how I can combat this kind of inappropriate content, and that it violates the Rooster Teeth characters’s copyright.

  • Rwby 5

    1 week ago

    jgg86rpgs

    Just bought my copy of Rwby Vol. 5 on Blu-ray.  Can't wait for the soundtrack release.

  • Rwby Card Battle Board Game

    1 week ago

    knightmawk

    With the beginning of volume 4 or RWBY its been on my mind a lot lately, as I'm sure many can relate. A friend and I have been designing board games together in our spare time for a while now, I have the double curse of idle hands and insomnia, so designing systems is something I can't really stop doing, I've got a folder with design docs and mock ups for a dozen or so tabletop games.


    With RWBY on my mind lately, I threw together a little RWBY card battle game. I've played it some, and it ended up not being horrible, so I thought you guys might be interested. I put the rules down, and but the necessary playing materials, sans board, into a document. The reason I didn't include the board is because it ends up being fairly large, and I couldn't find the best way to divide it over 4 pages and communicate the shape in a way that made sense. So the idea is, if you play this, just grab a few sheets of paper and draw the board yourself, it doesn't need to be in an oval, the only part really required is the grid. The game also requires at least one, preferably two, D10s (10 sided dice). Link to the drive folder below


    You can find a print and play, along with some WIP characters and ideas here


    If people enjoy it, or show any interest in it, I may add more teams or mechanics too it or polish it some. As you can see I'm no artist, and I got all the art for the cards from the RWBY wiki.


    Its also not super well balanced, so if anyone plays it and sees something that could be nerfed or buffed I'd be glad to update the print and play, or even if something in the rules just isn't clear. Like I said this is just something I've thrown together in my spare time, so I'm not super attached to any numbers or even any rules.


    So have fun, or don't. The game was designed with 2 players in mind, but in theory it could support up to 8 players on two teams. Each team would just have to divide their characters among themselves.


    Original print and play located here, for posterity sake

  • Neon Rainbow

    1 week ago

    RedRoseBlue

    I don't know if Ilia is going to Atlas too, but if she is...well, Neon is in Atlas, right? (There's a picture for this, just letting you know.)


  • RWBY Nouveau Shirt

    2 weeks ago

    synnesai

    Hey guys back again! >O< !


    This time to say my RWBY shirts are in the RT store now!! ^U^


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    Thank you RT for giving me the chance to work with yall again <3 I hope everyone likes the shrits it was SUPER fun to draw. If you buy one let me know what you think eheheh ^^


    <3 

    https://store.roosterteeth.com/collections/rwby


  • Who I am.

    3 weeks ago

    robrob ramen enthusiast

    Hi everyone! I have been a fan of Rooster Teeth (started off with RWBY) for about 5 years now. I remember just stumbling upon the Red Trailer for RWBY the day it came out and was immediately intrigued and have followed the show closely every since. I was also a huge Sourcefed fan but they once they got disbanded I just migrated over to Steven Suptic's channel and once he was picked up by Rooster Teeth I decided that it was time I watch all of the channels and it was one of the best designs I have ever made. I just very recently wanted to be an actual part of the community so I became a member and everyone has just been so nice! I'm glad I made the choice! 


    I am a filmmaker who specifically has a passion for editing. Why? I have no idea I've just always been enamored with that process so I began editing stuff, taking any video production classes that I can find just to be forced to make content to edit (Hey Rooster Teeth if you're hiring an editor I am more than willing LOL). I also try my hand in photography from time to time mostly portraits and eSports. However I absolutely love fighting games and play somewhat competitively, mostly the "anime" fighters like Guilty Gear and Blazblue, so you can imagine my excitement when RWBY made it into Blazblue Cross Tag Battle.


    That's kinda the basic stuff about me just a 18 year old video editor from California who plays fighting games and wants to be active in the RT community. I'm a pretty transparent dude so if you ever want to talk just shoot a message I don't bite!

  • My Description

    4 weeks ago

    RWBY_Super_Fan

    Hello there! I joined RT on May 22nd 2018 and started watching my favorite RT series, RWBY, a little earlier!

  • Sigh....

    1 month ago

    RWBYCOMBATREADYFAN

    I just found out about RWBY: Combat Ready about a couple of hours ago, and I went on Kickstarter and looked at EVERYTHING in the game, and I was like, "Wow, I reaally want this game."  Then it turned out that some of the features were backer-only, the game wasn't out on the store yet, I have NO idea if the add-ons will be sold too (I sure as heck want the Emerald and Mercury booster) and I was disappointed because the project was already closed. Mostly at myself for discovering RWBY and RoosterTeeth a month ago. So I was just wondering if anyone wanted to see the backer-only extensions as an extension to the game that could also be played as a standalone game (Somehow), at an elevated price (Of course, but if the people at Roosterteeth asked me to pay my lifetime savings I would gladly do so)

  • Babble

    1 month ago

    Athosa It's a Trap!

    So there I was, cheese balls in hand. RWBY on the screen and rain smashing into my window. (you know, the kinda rain that can mess you up if your not careful.) When suddenly I felt the need to spend some serious hard earned cash. I ripped my shirt off and dashed for my wallet. After removing the completely unnecessary lock I proceeded to type my super secret money number into the rooster teeth pay me bar. No longer do I rely upon YouTube and its infinite flaws (I came up with 2) or its click bait advertisements! Today, I can watch unhindered! (spends six hours watching podcasts while at "work") Just another day. 

  • Fan Art Friday #112: Weiss by toast_adox

    1 month ago

    Becca RT Torturer

    It’s time for our weekly look at the best Rooster Teeth fan art from our community, curated by the fine folks at BIGBITE!


    This week’s featured artist is Adox, AKA @toast_adox, for this digital painting of Weiss.


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    Adox is a high school student based in Miami, Florida. He created this piece using Photoshop and a drawing tablet over the span of 2-3 hours.


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    Want a chance to be featured in future Fan Art Fridays? Head over to the Fan Art Friday thread in the Art forum to find out how!

  • 2K18 PROM!!!

    1 month ago

    ModernFlash Jordan Wright

    I had my prom a few weeks ago and it was AMAZING and wanted to share some photos of it with me in my (Ruby) Rose Themed Suit!

  • A Writer's Thoughts on RWBY

    1 month ago

    TenThousandFlowers

        RWBY or <<Ruby>> is an animated show produced by RoosterTeeth, with five seasons as of now. As for what it’s about, I’ll summarize it quickly. Picture a world where the grass is green, the skies are blue, and magic is in the air. Almost the entirety of the world is covered in beautiful greenery and nature, and humanity doesn’t produce enough pollution to wreck the environment, although they have a very noticeable lack of care when it comes to trees. Now, take this utopia, this paradise, this majestic, this beautiful, this gorgeous world, and throw an infinite number of monsters onto every corner of the map. Yeah, the monsters are the reason humanity hasn’t completely screwed over the world. Yet. These monsters are attracted to fear, are called the creatures of Grimm, and kill humans all the time. To fight them, humanity began to use a resource called “Dust”, which gave them power of the elements. People specially trained to fight the Grimm are known as Huntsmen or Huntresses. These warriors are able to use their life force, or aura, to protect them from some damage, like a force-field, and have unique super powers known as semblances. They also utilize a shockingly bizarre and incredibly ridiculous array of weapons that range from a sniper-rifle/scythe hybrid, to a sword/spear/rifle, to a pistol/katana/rope-dart/cleaver, to shotgun bracers. All of this is an incredibly promising and unique base for a show. The wonder and incredulity the audience feels when first watching the show sets a high bar, only complemented by the choreography.

        However, however... it’s all spectacle. RWBY had a somewhat decent start, but with five full volumes, its still just special effects and cool weapons, not plot progression and actual in-depth character development. If animation was consumable, RWBY would be junk food. Easy to eat, quick, tasty, and lacking in any real and substantial core themes. When the show first started, it had a lot of undertones that looked like they were going to explore contemporary issues and reflect on the nature of society. While a lot of shows are made just for profit, these types of shows rarely become memorable and truly impact its audience. But RWBY has a lot of potential to becoming an important landmark in animation. Its one of the first “anime” to come out of the US, it has a very unique setting and aesthetic, and it has the potential to explore a lot of deep issues. But it doesn’t. And that disappoints me and a large amount of viewers greatly. The fact that it doesn’t have a clear core theme is a huge problem, but its not something that I can really fix or talk about as that is under Rooster Teeth’s control. In this video, I’m just going to say that RWBY’s central idea is unity over evil, friends and family over fear and… there aren’t any words I can think of that begin with “f” and fit here. F*ck. Given that, I’m going explore how I feel about the 4 main characters and 4 main supporting characters.

        First of all, there is not nearly enough character development to carry this show. When the trailers for Volume 4 came out and I heard that the members of team RWBY would be on their own, I began to feel some hope and watched both Volumes 4 & 5. Volume 3 left its mark on me, and as it had its moments, I was optimistic about Volumes 4 & 5. In my mind, Volume 3 was a catalyst, a series of events that would lead to character growth and development. Splitting the main characters up and giving them their own story arcs to develop their motivations, their personalities, and their roles would give the show the substance that it lacked. Dividing team RWBY was perfect for exploring this dimension, and they just did not do that. It felt like Roosterteeth was just trying to put them back together as quickly as possible. When characters are alone, it is a good time to develop them individually, away from other influences. Characters develop and change when they are at their breaking point, when they only have the two options to give up or react. All of team RWBY were at low points, but were not given any experiences to develop their characters. There were no shifts or changes in ideology, no real emotional growth or personality changes. It felt like Volume 3 had no effect on the characters. Even though there were references, simply referencing events does not help us understand the characters more.

    Starting with Ruby Rose, the bright and cheerful leader of team RWBY. After the tragedy at Beacon, she is… still bright and cheerful, and her experiences have not made her more of a team fighter or leader. Even though her leadership talent was alluded to in the first volume, she hasn’t shown any growth in that department. First of all, let’s go with recovery from tragedy. The five steps to recover from grief are denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance, usually in that order. I understand that there was a time skip, and she could have already passed through these stages, but the reason so many good shows like to kill off popular characters is to put the main characters through these five stages in order to develop their personality. How do they cope with grief? How do their ideals change? How do their struggles connect back to the main theme of the narrative? Ruby has bypassed stages denial, anger, bargaining, and depression. She watched her friend die in front of her, and aside from a few references, Pyrrha’s death doesn’t look like it had any impact on her. Back to the leadership problem. RWBY’s incredible choreography is both a high point and a weak spot. At this point, it’s pure spectacle. There aren’t any conversations or orders in these fights. Without communication, it’s really, really hard to display improvements in teamwork. I mean, let’s face it. Most of us can’t look at combat and intuitively understand what goes through the fighter’s head. For example, Team RWBY had teamwork in the beginning, taking down the nevermore with almost no communication other than RWBY saying she had a plan. We didn’t get to see Ruby giving orders other than shouting out pairing names when fighting against an Atlesian Paladin in Volume 2, and she doesn’t seem to possess leadership qualities. To support my claim that Ruby herself has not become more team-oriented or leader-like, I will compare her actions in Volume 1 and Volume 4. In Volume 1, Ruby runs forward and bum-rushes a Deathstalker on her own, and almost gets killed. That’s fine, it shows her immaturity and potential to grow, and as long as she doesn’t do it again, it’s an easy way to show some subtle development as a team fighter- but wait! In Volume 4, Ruby charges forward against Qrow’s warning to stay away when fighting Tyrian. RNJR is clearly outmatched, and Ruby rushes forward, almost dies, and gets Qrow injured. That’s not what a leader should do (or, anyone for that matter), and it’s almost the exact same situation as Volume 1. I mean, Tyrian is even a scorpion faunus. At this point, as the main character, Ruby has to be developed a lot more. From a character’s standpoint, she doesn’t have any real motivation to be a huntress other than “having silver eyes”, and though her mother’s disappearance may be a reason to go into a dangerous profession at a young age, there is no sign of what truly drives her. All characters need motivation; from this inner drive, we as the audience can anticipate where antagonists will hit in order to hurt, what mistake the protagonist will make, what the actual end goal of this show is. Ruby is currently a very flat and one-dimensional character, and needs work.

        Moving on, Weiss. In Volumes 4 & 5, I really liked the development of her family. I liked how her ideas contrasted with those of her father and brother. We can get an understanding of the circumstances that shaped her early life, and why she wants to be a huntress. She wants to leave behind the falseness of her life back in Atlas and be exposed to the raw, human nature of dangerous combat. She wants to save people and help them rather than take advantage of those beneath her. There’s a lot that we can say about Weiss now that we have some idea of what her family’s like. What I’m going to talk about now goes off on a tangent a bit, but it’s something that I feel can really improve the show as a whole and make explore the world of Remnant more. First, I would have liked a connection to the ideological conflict over the faunus. Due to her association with Blake, she has likely has very different views of the faunus than other Atlesians. We have always heard about discrimination against the faunus, but we have never actually seen or hear about it. The episodes about her life back in Atlas could have developed the conflict more, and show the racists’ point-of-view. This could show the audience where Adam is getting his drive from, and develop him as a well-rounded antagonist. In addition, I would have liked some political intrigue and party life. These sorts of elite balls and gatherings are privy to all sorts of information about the economic and political sector.  Vale has fallen. An entire country has more or less collapsed, and there are only four countries in Remnant. Unless you count Menagerie, then that’s five but I don’t really know it’s political status. Moving on, how has Ozpin’s disappearance and the fall of Vale affected the rest of the world? I would like to see economic issues stemming from supply and demand problems. RWBY has the potential to connect and explore a lot of important contemporary issues. Since Vale has fallen, there is likely an overcrowding of refugees. How does Atlas, Vacuo, and Mistral react? What about the White Fang terrorists? Not only can exploring these issues develop the rest of the world of Remnant, it can also relate the show to the audience, and provide a sense of urgency as to why the main characters have to stop Salem. Again, not really related to Weiss, but stuff that I feel would improve the show.

        Next, Blake, Volume 5, what the f*ck was that confrontation with Adam. While many people complain about how underwhelming the fight was, that’s not my major issue. I’m fine with it being settled with a single chop, although I do feel somewhat letdown. But Blake and Adam represent two sides to a much larger issue, and that is what the faunus should do. Blake wants to rally them to integrate with humanity and fight with them while Adam wants to turn the tables and become the oppressors. The confrontation between Adam and Blake should have represented a battle of ideology. Ideally, it should have included some of the things Blake had learned while away from her team. It would have been great if Adam had used his chance to injure Blake in Volume 3 to relate Yang’s injury to what happens to people when faunus work with humans. We already know that Blake is evasive, and Adam clearly knows how to hurt Blake mentally as well as, you know, stabbing her. If he’d convinced her that the Fall of Beacon was her fault and that humans and faunus are meant to be separate, her adventures in Menagerie would have been so much more meaningful. If her experiences there made her remember the relationship of her team and connect back to the central theme of unity over evil (which I think~ is the core idea of RWBY), she’d push past Adam’s words and commit to the idea that humans and faunus share the same heart. Adam is an antagonist, and is someone who should be overcome through determination and resolution, which is something that Blake has demonstrated is a problem for her. She instinctively tries to run away from her problems, and if her story arc solidified her ideals, if she became committed to the idea of equality, if she overcame the fear she had for Adam, that set up would have made their meeting so much more impactful. It would be a great contrast to her retreat from Adam in Volume 3 to a cautious yet determined face-off. Rooster Teeth could even draw out the fight, make her start to lose, but see her friends fighting against Salem’s group and reaffirm her beliefs, connecting back to that central theme, which really needs to be solidified.

    Yang. In Volume 4, we got some development. Unlike Ruby, we got to see Yang at her lowest, in either the anger or depression stage of recovering from grief. Her vulnerability made her change somewhat, but her overall personality didn’t change too much. While she did become sterner and stricter, the loss of her arm has not had any real or lasting impacts on her. Her fighting style is still the same bruiser style that made her lose her arm in the first place. Maybe she could have become afraid of her semblance making her lose control and want to avoid using it so as to not rush in. Going back to the idea of unity over evil, her experience could be used by the writers to make her more team-oriented. Or, they could go the completely opposite direction, make her emphasize with Blake, and go entirely lone-wolf to try and find Raven on her own so as to avoid getting her friends hurt. This could lead to self-reflection over her actions, a new perspective on the importance of teamwork. All characters and events in a good plot should relate back to the central theme. While Yang was previously one of the least developed characters, the recent volumes did give us more insight into her.

        Now, while Yang’s development improved, Rooster Teeth did not do much about the other blond. [Sigh] Jaune Arc is RWBY’s problem child, as he still has no purpose. There’s not much change in him. New weapons and armor make him look different, but he is repeating the exact same actions. We got some sad moments of him and the recording of Pyrrha, and he’s become less optimistic, but he’s still useless. First, like Ruby, he’s gone straight to the acceptance stage of recovering from grief. Second, he still can’t do much in a fight against something that isn’t a mindless Grimm. He could become darker and more willing to kill, stating that since their enemies are ready to do so, they have an advantage over them. This sort of dark anti-heroism would create conflict between the rest of the cast and him, stressing the central theme of unity over evil. Or, what I would like to see is to have Rooster Teeth move away from his desire to become a fighter and develop him more as a leader. He has given some orders, though not too in-depth, he’s still more established as a strategist than Ruby. While a lot of shows make sure to have their protagonists stick true to their desires, I feel that this is one character who shouldn’t. Jaune can’t fight at the level he needs to, and without randomly giving him a power-up, Rooster Teeth can’t work him into fights. Characters who give up repeatedly are rightfully seen as weak and uninspiring, but given enough provocation, they should give up some things. If he took Pyrrha’s death as his inability to protect her, he would have plenty of motivation for giving up the path of a huntsman and exploring other ways to fight for humanity. Like with Weiss, if he went into politics or tried to command soldiers, we could see other aspects of Remnant and how the rest of society has been affected by the events so far, making a more realistic and comprehensive show. RWBY has become a dagger team, a small group of people trying to save the world. It’s a lot like what happened to Star Wars. Of the entire universe, with almost infinite story possibilities, all movies have ignored the larger, untouched potential and focused on the supernatural Jedi. Right now, Jaune is useless in this “dagger team”. Ruby is shoved into the spot of leader when she hasn’t demonstrated aptitude for the role, for which Jaune is the only other possible candidate. Now that Ozpin has reappeared and Qrow is no longer dying, their group doesn’t have a need for his developing leadership and his skill in combat can only drag the team down. Jaune needs a new direction, and I feel that this is the best possible thing to happen. The only way Jaune can serve a purpose is if Rooster Teeth throws us some unanticipated curveball that suddenly makes him overpowered. Even though his abilities can serve him as a healer, having him just sit there on a battlefield recovering people just seems stupid. Who’d let him keep his friends alive just by healing them in the open like that? If he tried to do that in a fight against Grimm, his abilities become useless as they’d just get swarmed. I really don’t know what Jaune’s purpose in the narrative is, and until he gets one, he’s still going to remain as the enduring emperor of incompetence.

        Next, we have the tragedy. The loss of Pyrrha Nikos devastated both the audience and the show itself. Pyrrha was probably the most developed and rounded character in the show. She had clear motivation for attending Beacon: trying to avoid the oppressive attention she got in Mistral and make real connections and friends. Though her motivation for becoming a huntress is never expressly stated, it can be inferred that she wants to help people and make use of her ability from her kind and compassionate nature. This is a good example of show-not-tell, where books, shows, or movies describe the character or demonstrate consistent patterns through their actions to the point where the audience understands the character as a person and can infer their motivation or future actions. Pyrrha was developed to this point, and her contribution to the show was one major reason her death was so impactful. However, while her death was emotional, tear-jerking, and done in a way that demonstrated the ruthlessness and strength of the opposition, there are also many things that I either don’t understand or dislike. First of all, there doesn’t seem to be any real purpose in her death other than proving Cinder was someone to be feared. This changed her from a developed character to a plot device. Arguably, Cinder’s victory over Ozpin would be enough to demonstrate her abilities, but Pyrrha’s death did make it more impactful and long-lasting, so there’s that. Secondly, back to the topic of motivation. She had no real motive to go and fight, and her charge seemed to be rather out-of-character and unexpected. A lot of people hate horror movies that progress their plot through the sheer stupidity and lack of common sense of the main characters. I’m not saying that that’s what happened to Pyrrha, but~ that’s kind of what happened to Pyrrha. She has proved to be rational and quiet, thinking her way through problems, weighing options, and above all, focusing on her friends. Pyrrha cares a lot about her teammates, and would likely sacrifice herself for them. However, none of them were in any danger when she rushed back to duel Cinder. In fact, Jaune was with her, someone whom she clearly cares for. It just didn’t make sense for her to send him away and fight someone she knew was too powerful for her. A lot of people attribute this to her shattered mental state after the whole accidental murder of Penny (insert obligatory Pyrrha can turn Penny into quarters), the death of the Amber, her breakdown with Jaune, and the invasion of Beacon. But to me, it just makes more sense that, in this time of uncertainty and terror, she would want to stay with those she cared about and make sure they survived. In my opinion, her death was just a way to throw in Ruby’s silver eyes power. Overall, that’s my thoughts on her death. However, I’d like to continue, as one problem in her development can be seen throughout the entire show. Even though she could be considered a round character, a large part of what we know came through pure exposition. Exposition, a comprehensive description and explanation of an idea or theory. In writing terms, it’s basically an information dump. The most significant portion of her character was conveyed to us in Volume 2, when she told Jaune and the audience her motivation, her internal conflict, and her fears. Even though it was done in a logical way, where she confesses to Jaune, it still is just exposition- which is a problem that appears elsewhere in the show and is a massive problem. We as the viewers are handed this information to digest on a silver platter, and are not engaged in the show to the point of discovering the character’s internal thoughts through their dialogue and actions. Blasting information in large chunks is “telling not showing”, and the information doesn’t stay with use for very long. The easiest way to go with this is ask people what Mistral is known for, and where we got that info. The World of Remnant videos were videos dedicated to exploring, well, the world or Remnant, and it did so through pure exposition. I felt like I needed to take notes, as it was like a third party introduction; I feel that the audience would understand more if the information was integrated into the show. In conclusion, Pyrrha’s death was a blow to both the audience and the show itself.

        Onto Nora & Ren, whom I will be covering at the same time because they’re a pair. After Pyrrha and Penny died, and Volume 5 concluded, they are the most well-rounded characters. They have motivation: each other and preventing events like what happened to their village. They have support and connections with other characters: each other. They are realistic and consistent. They are ignored. While they have developed well for the amount of screentime they’ve been given, they don’t seem to have too much of an impact on the story. If we remove them from the plot and look at it objectively, literally nothing changes. They haven’t been present for many major conflicts, except for RNJR vs. Nuckelavee, when Ren pulled out his previously unknown semblance. This brings up issues as well, such as why do we have to wait 5 volumes to find out a main/supporting character’s trump card? I actually really like how Rooster Teeth did semblances. So far, they all reflect their personality. Ruby is fast and jumps from topic to topic like a sugar-high child. Yang is aggressive and blunt, charging forward and losing sight of reason. Weiss has her glyphs, which are complicated and elegant. Blake has her shadows which lack substance and allow her to run away, reflecting her evasive personality. Ironically, Jaune has had no semblance or aura until recently for his time on the path to a huntsmen, which reflects just about development he’s been given. Pyrrha has her control over polarity, allowing her to manipulate the metal around her; her reluctance to broadcast this ability also reflects her desire not to become center of attention. Nora can charge electricity and deal explosive power, reflecting her desire to be strong and destroy everything in her path. Ren apparently can go or make things invisible, which reflects his invisibility in the show. Aside from the RNJR vs. Nuckelavee fight, he hasn’t done anything of substance in the show. While his development is good, he doesn’t play an important enough role in the story to justify this. Not to mention, Ren’s semblance and its introduction felt like it was pulled out of thin air. Deus ex machina at its finest. Ren’s semblance, Ruby’s silver eyes. The show has been inconsistent when it comes to avoiding the trope that sheer power is equal to battle strength. Strength can come from experience or skill or raw power. A good way to show skill is to take a previously well-known ability and apply it in a high-danger situation to resolve it. That’s one of the reasons competitive video gamers have such high status among the digital community. They have the exact same characters and abilities as the standard gamer, but use their experience and talent to do incredible things. If they suddenly had access to a bunch of incredible play-making skills that no one else knew about, it would be called hacking and destroy the competitive integrity. The same goes for shows. In order to develop this I will branch off and mention team CFVY. I will ignore Fox and Yatsuhashi for now due to how little we know about them and contrast Coco and Velvet. Coco demonstrates power over skill. Her machine gun is inconsistent and gets its power from plot convenience. She can split a nevermore and deathstalker in two with a single burst, something not even Nora can do, but can’t do decent damage to an Atlesian Paladin, something team RWBY completely destroyed, similar to JNPR’s fight against the deathstalker or RWBY’s fight against the nevermore. While her fight against Mercury and Emerald demonstrated that skill can beat raw power, her abilities and performance screw with the audience’s mental power scale. Team RWBY is a younger team, but can keep up with Emerald and Mercury, who dominated and older team. Another example is Nora. I feel that Nora has become too simple of a solution. Even though Pyrrha was developed as an incredible fighter, she seems to lose out to the other characters, which screwed with my sense of character ability. The show made us intuitively rank the characters from Jaune being the absolute bottom to no idea maybe Ozpin or Cinder. Pyrrha takes on an entire team, defeating them cleanly but Nora destroys an entire team with a single hammer blow. A character like Ren, on the other hand, has a consistent performance. He has some bright spots and moments to shine but mainly loses his fights. An example of a “skillful” character is Velvet, demonstrating skill over power. In contrast to Coco, Velvet’s skill seems to be more concrete and developed. Revealing that she can fight without a weapon and still take on Grimm is a testament to her ability, and being able to wield all types of weapons and know how to use them implies that she has incredible understanding of battle or can observe others to the point of duplication. Due to the fact that we haven’t seen her fight much leaves us wondering about her performance in battle at other times, however. Back to the topic of Ren’s semblance, it’s almost as if they forgot Ren had a semblance early on, and when it came to writing the fight against the Nuckelavee, they either needed to save Qrow or remembered that they needed to introduce Ren’s semblance and threw it out.

        In conclusion, RWBY is a nice, fun show. It has its moments, but it really needs work, especially when it comes to developing the core of the show- namely, the main characters. If RWBY wants to continue down the path its going right now, I’ll still watch it. It will still be fun and enjoyable. The fight scenes are gorgeous, the animation quality is improving, and its comprehensively good show if you just look at the technical aspect. However, if the show wants to become more complex and improve the quality of its characters, plot, and direction, the writers need to focus more on developing the motivations and weaknesses of the main characters.

  • Fan Art Friday #111: RWBY Hockey Jersey by sasapb

    1 month ago

    Becca RT Torturer

    It’s time for our weekly look at the best Rooster Teeth fan art from our community, curated by the fine folks at BIGBITE!


    This week’s featured artist is Andrew B., AKA @sasapb, for this White Fang hockey jersey.


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    Andrew is a college student based in Chicago, Illinois. He wanted a cool jersey to sport while playing hockey, so he utilized some pencils, cardstock, fabric paint, and a sewing machine to make this design.

     

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    Want a chance to be featured in future Fan Art Fridays? Head over to the Fan Art Friday thread in the Art forum to find out how!

  • RT Box February 2018 Impressions

    1 month ago

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

    Surprise! It's time for the second last monthly RT Box review!

    And like I previously mentioned, I hope you like animals wink c'mon, who doesn't have their own adorable little buddy, whether it be canine, feline, avian, reptilian...amphibian...how many species are there out there, anyway? Do you have a pet? Let me know, I fucking love pets! Our house has two dogs and a growing kitten. It's a little chaotic.


    Once again I apologise for the SIDEWAYS pictures but they all seem to upload that way and I can't for the life of me fix it. All of them but a few have suffered this fate. Let's hope the new community site has options to rotate them sweat_smile


    Now, for the first time ever, this box isn't coming to us from a staff member...well, not a human staff member. You may be familiar with Rupert the wiener dog, owned by Becca Frasier, well known for eating pancakes on the RT Podcast and appearances in Eleven Little Roosters and RT Life. He's the official dog of the marketing team and is presenting this pet themed RT Box! He's also a very good boy.


    What treats await us inside? Prepare your sniffers to hunt down these special items:

    - one Rooster Rupert Teeth wiener dog pen (red)

    - one RWBY set of Zwei pins (corgi head AND butt)

    - one Dogs Hate Grapes collapsible silicone waterbowl (purple)

    - one Nomad of Nowhere pet rock PopSocket (white)

    - one RWBY Velvet Scarlatina shirt (brown)

    - one Achievement Hunter Lads blindbox minifigure (Michael, Gavin or Jeremy in a DG Exclusive Gold)


    Now, I don't know about you, but I reckon this pen is pretty darn cute. It even has a little rubber band collar and bell. My kitten wears a bell. It's annoying. But this pen is not! It's Rupert shaped and certainly screams 'rename the company' to me. Plus his butt is the cap that hides the pen. It's not the standard pen size but more novelty sized. I'd say it's very much a novelty item and cute for displaying.


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    Rupert seems to have some sort of beef with the lovable corgi from RWBY. According to his amazing sense of smell, Zwei's has a butt you just can't trust. This pin includes Zwei's head AND his butt so we can smell and see if we agree. I tend to think it smells a lot like a two for one deal!


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    People like grapes. But did you know dogs hate grapes? Probably because they're pretty much lethal to dogs, unlike this waterbowl that will never leave you high and dry when you're out and about with your pooch (or anything that drinks water, actually). No grapes here, only convenience. I find this a great item for pet owners, it's really compact, and if you want to take it with you on a long walk you can clip it to your dog leash. All you need to do is pop it out and pour some water in it (from a tap or drinking fountain or your own bottle, that part is yours to take care of). It's made of silicon to avoid breakage and there's the no grapes logo on the bottom to remind you that they suck. It's about palm sized to me; there's more photos to check out if you're interested.


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    Hey, have you seen the Nomad? Maybe you've seen his magic. Or maybe you've seen his little critter friends brought to life and then this little rock walked past you on stick legs, waving with his little stick arms. No? Maybe you need to watch Nomad of Nowhere, then. This is a legit PopSocket (The RT store does sell many variants of these) with your very own pet rock on it. It's quite cute and the art style is perfect for the size. Now you don't need to lean your phone on a rock to prop it up, just stick this on and pop till you drop. You might drop, but it'll still be standing.


    One of the most recognisable characters of RWBY is Velvet Scarlatina, who is based on the Velveteen Rabbit. She first appeared as a poor bullying victim, being teased for having some big-ass rabbit ears, and became a fan favourite (maybe it's that fair dinkum Aussie accent provided by Caiti Ward?). She was originally only meant to appear twice, but was incorporated into the cast - Monty then asked the community to design her a combat outfit, and a lot of people stepped up. The final design was tweaked but still, the artists of the community loved the opportunity. Anyway, she's honoured here with her very own shirt. While the skirt silhouette indicates she's in school uniform, it's still obviously a very Velvet design that I think matches her personality well. The shirt is a chocolately brown and I definitely wore it for Easter.


    And lads but not least (see what I did there)...we have a special Double Gold exclusive Achievement Hunter blind box minifigure. It's a toy, but not a chew toy, if you want it to stay in shape! The blind boxes sold in the RT Store are inclusive of the whole of AH, while these boxes were only inclusive of the Lads (Michael, Gavin or Jeremy) and are especially gold. At first, I was a little miffed that my box was damaged; a hole in the very center front. Then I realised it was quite a beak shaped hole...I was hoping for Gavin, and whaddya know, his nose poked a hole in the box in transit. gavin


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    You can see the little poked hole right by the tip of his shnoz!


    Woof, what a box. Rounding up the herd in a neat little package...


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    Don't forget you can check out the photos again, any of them, if you want, in my images > RT Box [insert month/year] album. That is, if you like sideways bullshit. Good luck with that.


    My March RT Box just hit Sydney yesterday, so I expect it'll arrive on Monday (that's 3 days from now), just to let you know. That review is not slated to be done right away to alleviate the time between it and the new quarterly box, but I will also be doing the 2017 roundup post as well so those two should be spaced between the quarterly 'season 1' box.


    See you soon for the last monthly box, get excited! They've said it's worth the wait!


  • My Next 2018 Chapter

    1 month ago

    Paul-1122

    After I see Avengers: Infinity War on the weekend, I plan to make the mid-to-late parts of my 2018 year turn out like my post-grad year (2011) but with more to it, & a couple of main examples of what I want more of for this year include my 8-year interest in Jackass (due to the Action Point movie coming out in June which stars Knoxville & Pontius) as well as combining my interest in both Smosh (which I've had since 2013) & Rooster Teeth (which I've had since 2016) along with continuing to watch through the 16th season of Red Vs. Blue known as "The Shisno Paradox" on Sundays, & also throughout the early parts of this year (since January) I've focused a part of my attention on Jumanji due to "Welcome To The Jungle" being released in December of last year & due to Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom coming out in June, I'll be shifting my attention on Jurassic Park for a while & hopefully go visit the Royal Tyrrell Museum (in Drumheller) again before that, & also with wanting to have more visits at CrossIron this year than I did lat year, there's a lot to it that I hope to have with it just like I did during 2011, such as my interest in Bass Pro Shops & other good stores (like Coles, EB Games & Hot Topic) that I've favoured over the years, & with my everyday life I still intend to keep the theme for me wanting to move forward & not looking back on any form of bad past memories while at the same time meeting & making new friends & it's through a part of my interest in Rooster Teeth (primarily Red Vs. Blue & RWBY) will greatly help me out with this.

  • Theory about Weiss' semblance and Salem

    1 month ago

    WhitneyWrtr

    I've had this theory about Weiss and her semblance for awhile now, don't know if I've actually posted about it before though. I have this theory that Weiss' ancestor, Nicholas Schnee, came into contact with the relic of creation on his journeys. This caused him, and his descendants, to be capable of the glyph semblance. (creation) Whereas, Salem, once a normal human woman, came into contact with the relic of destruction and absorbed some of its power. This is how she knows about the relics and seeks them out, and how she creates these beings of destruction. Watching volume 4 episode 1, you see the geist grimm use its own glyph to create its arm, similar to the glyphs Weiss and Winter can create, and Salem has the same symbol on her glove. 

    I think Ozpin doesn't really worry about Weiss and Winter because they don't actually know about their power being from one of the relics, and because maybe they didn't 'absorb' as much of the relic as Salem did. 

    Anyway, just a little theory i've put together. 

  • My week in 4 Gifs

    1 month ago

    StryfeRyder

    At work trying to teach my boss how to do his job

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    Trying to make new friends out after work

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    Trying to remember how pick up lines work

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    Me giving up on that and enjoying a weekend of painting with Bob Ross... I mean Ruby

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    I will not apologize for art. 

    <3 Be well and do good <3

  • RWBY Manga Review

    1 month ago

    HawkeyeMatt01 Sasstronaut

    So I've recently read and reviewed the RWBY manga on my YouTube Channel. I've linked it down below if anyone wants to check it out. Let me know what you thought of it if you've read it and if you haven't then don't worry because the review is spoiler free.  blush https://youtu.be/X9Sl5yeotkU

  • have been watching the reds versus the blues for a very long time

    2 months ago

    simmonym

    I justn never made a rt account. avoided it maybe, but that is why I only just joined. first time I saw the show, I was a small lad, and I knew "I should not be watching this; it is filled with bad words" so I tried my very best not to. Then, mid / early twenty-seventeen, I hopped back on the rooster teeth train. I love this show in particular the best, but they have so many good ones [I would put an exclamation point here, but that button on my keyboard is broken]. Although, I do not appreciate the favoritism rt has towards RWBY. I've watched that one completely, and yeah, it is good, but that does not mean they should shove off their first show. Y'know, the show that started the whole company, and without it they wouldn't even have RWBY at all.  That one. They need to advertise. I hadn't seen the trailer or known when this season will start until I checked within the fanbase. Yeah, long story summarized, red versus blue? great. RWBY? not bad. chicken tooth's advertising and treatment for their very first show they did? not good at all. 2/479 stars. My broken keyboard and patience? cruddy. Goodnight [exclamation point]

  • RWBY Beacon CrossStitch

    2 months ago

    Mekachu04

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    stitched on 32 canvas - about 8 days of sewing. Three thread colors - used Sulky brand sewing thread for red and black, and used coats and clarks sewing thread for gold. still tweaking both the pattern and the edging. Once i'm happy with the pattern, I will post it on my tumblr for anyone interested