Ruby is the daughter of Summer Rose and Taiyang Xiao Long, as well as the younger half-sister of Yang Xiao Long, with whom she was raised on the island of Patch.
When she was very young, Yang would read her fairy tales every night before bed, filled with the deeds of great heroes; this would later inspire Ruby to become a Huntress.
One day, Summer went missing while on a mission. Yang said that, although Ruby was "really torn up" by the incident, she was too young to really understand what was happening.
Shortly after Summer's disappearance, Yang brought Ruby with her to an abandoned building in order to find clues about the whereabouts of Yang's mother, Raven Branwen. During the search, they were almost killed by Beowolves, but were saved by their uncle Qrow Branwen, which only fueled her desire to become a Huntress.
To achieve this, she studied at Signal Academy, where she built and learned to use her high-caliber sniper scythe, Crescent Rose, under the tutelage of her uncle Qrow.
Ruby Rose is seen visiting an altar by a cliffside in a snow-laden forest, whose inscription reads: "Summer Rose / Thus Kindly I Scatter", which is a reference to the poem The Last Rose of Summer by Thomas Moore.
On her way back, she was confronted by a pack of Beowolves, which she quickly slew before going on her way.
While in Vale, Ruby unexpectedly encounters her sister, Yang, outside of a club. Yang is somewhat reluctant to discuss what she is doing there, claiming that it is a "long story".
The manga opens with the events of the "Red" Trailer. These are revealed to be a flashback, as the scene transitions from Ruby standing next to her mother's memorial, to her waiting for the remaining members of Team RWBY to show up near Beacon Academy.
Once everyone comes, the team heads to the cafeteria, where they chat about the nature and uses of Dust, before being interrupted by Cardin Winchester throwing Jaune Arc into their table. Cardin then begins antagonizing Ruby, who stepped in to defend Jaune, before they are interrupted by Professor Glynda Goodwitch.
Glynda decides to resolve the situation through a public sparring match, which ends up being spectated by numerous students, as well as Professor Ozpin. Ruby initially freezes up due to the large audience present and the threat of Cardin's weapon, but is brought to her senses by Weiss Schnee.
During the fight, Ruby reminisces on the time she was saved by her Uncle Qrow. The spar ends with Ruby as the winner and, in honor of her uncle, opts to don her cloak along with her school uniform from now on.
Dust Shop Robbery
Ruby becomes inadvertently involved in the affairs of the criminal Roman Torchwick when she interferes with his attempted robbery of the Dust store From Dust Till Dawn.
After quickly dispatching all his armed henchmen, Ruby gives chase to Roman as he flees to a nearby rooftop. There, she finds herself out of her depth when Roman's Bullhead arrives to pick him up. It was only the intervention of Glynda that prevented Ruby from being harmed when Roman detonated a Dust crystal at her feet with a shot from Melodic Cudgel.
The pilot of the Bullhead, Cinder Fall, swaps places with Roman in order to cover their escape. After trading several blows, Cinder successfully distracts Glynda by forcing her to save Ruby from harm, giving Roman enough time to fly away.
Unhappy with that turn of events, Glynda briefly scolds Ruby in a remote location for her foolhardy risk-taking behavior, before admitting she was brought here for another reason. That reason was to meet Professor Ozpin, the headmaster of Beacon Academy where Glynda taught, who has seen Ruby's actions on camera and has a couple of questions for her.
After being briefly distracted by Ruby's unusual eye color, Ozpin questions her skills with the scythe, and quickly draws out her association with Qrow and Signal Academy, as well as her dream to join Beacon in order to become a huntress. Impressed by the girl's ambitions and values, he exercises his authority as the headmaster to accept her into the school two years early, much to the delight of Ruby's sister, Yang.
Welcome to Beacon
After arriving at Beacon, Yang separates from her sister after meeting some of her friends, leaving Ruby to her own devices. She immediately gets herself in trouble by falling on a luggage trolley belonging to Weiss.
Dismayed at the possibility of damage to her supply of Dust, Weiss immediately begins to berate Ruby, but in the process shakes enough Dust into the air that it makes Ruby sneeze, detonating the drifting Dust in a flash of fire, electricity, and ice. Before their conversation escalates into a full blown argument, they are interrupted by Blake Belladonna, who infuriates Weiss by mentioning the less-than-savory reputation of her family company, the Schnee Dust Company. Eventually, Blake and Weiss depart, leaving a depressed Ruby alone.
She isn't alone for long though, as she is helped to her feet by Jaune, who she previously saw being sick on the airshipcarrying them to Beacon. Despite a few rocky moments, during which they exchange unflattering nicknames, the two strike up a friendship and part ways on amiable terms when they reach Beacon's Amphitheater.
There, Ruby attempts to explain her day's misadventures to a disbelieving Yang. Ruby is interrupted from her explanation by Weiss, who scares Ruby into Yang's arms and makes her realize Ruby's tale was completely true. Ruby tries to make peace with Weiss to no avail, before they get distracted by a speech from the headmaster and subsequently go their separate ways.
That night in the Academy's ballroom, Ruby attempts to write a letter to her friends at Signal Academy about her day. However Yang, eager to help her sister make friends, interrupts and drags her over to Blake to formally introduce herself.
The two strike up a conversation about books and Ruby's dreams for her future before Weiss arrives and starts berating everyone over the amount of noise they're causing. A dismayed Blake blows out her candles, leaving the quartet in the dark.
Beacon Academy Initiation
The morning of their second day at Beacon, Yang notes that Ruby was "awfully chipper" and Ruby explains that she was happy that she was no longer going to have to struggle socially but could let Crescent Rose speak for her. It is clear that Ruby does not like the thought of making friends and wants to stick with Yang, even joining her team, if necessary.
She becomes angry when Yang suggests that making friends would help her "break out of her shell" and grow up emotionally. Shortly afterward, Ruby helps Jaune go to the Beacon Cliff after the boy is left stunned by his failure to impress Weiss and by a near-miss from a Milówielded by a famed young athlete named Pyrrha Nikos.
On the cliffs, Ruby reacts with dismay when the class is informed by Glynda that they would be sorted into teams by the Academy faculty and not by their own choice. Ozpin makes this worse by implying that who they would be paired up with for the test (and the rest of their Academy career) was down to a combination of chance and their judgment.
After being launched into the Emerald Forest, Ruby searches unsuccessfully for Yang before finally coming across Weiss, who promptly walks away, leaving Ruby behind. Although initially dismayed, Ruby is determined to make the team-up work and is overjoyed when Weiss returns to her after initially storming away.
Ruby starts attempting (unsuccessfully) to impress Weiss first with her speed and then with her ability as a fighter when they encounter a pack of Beowolves. However, Ruby jumps in front of Weiss to attack the lead Beowolf, causing Weiss to hastily redirect the fire-based attack she was about to use on the Grimm, starting a small forest fire. Ruby gets frustrated at their having to flee the resulting fire and Weiss accuses Ruby of being "the strongest child to sneak her way" into Beacon, an accusation that clearly infuriates Ruby.
During their journey through the forest (during which they get hopelessly lost), the two argue repeatedly. Weiss accuses Ruby of being childish, irresponsible, and by far her inferior. Ruby counters that Weiss is bossy and clearly thinks that she is perfect, an accusation that clearly bites deeply.
Finally, Ruby somehow talks Weiss into a scheme that leads to the two dangling from the back of a giant Nevermore high over the ruined temple at the north of the forest that was their objective. Ruby jumps off of the Grimm's back, leaving a furious Weiss still dangling from the creature's claw.
Ruby is inadvertently saved from a painful landing in front of Yang and Blake when Jaune, who had been flung into the air by a Death Stalker, strikes her in mid-air knocking them both into the trees. After recovering, Ruby sees the Death Stalker attacking Pyrrha and Ruby runs to her aid.
However, the giant scorpion-like Grimm is able to resist both Crescent Rose's blade and its rifle fire with no apparent damage. Ruby flees but is trapped when the Nevermore pins her cape to the ground with a barrage of spear-like feathers. She is only saved from being killed by the Death Stalker's sting when Weiss traps the creature's tail in ice.
Weiss, now more upset than angry, repeats her charge that Ruby is immature and reckless but acknowledges that her own acerbic personality is not helping matters. She offers to act nicer if Ruby stops showing off. Ruby responds that she merely wanted to prove to Weiss that she can take care of herself.
Weiss' response that "You're fine", is an enormous relief to Ruby. She then has an emotional reunion with Yang who had been trying to help her escape the Death Stalker but had not been able to reach her due to a barrier of Nevermore spear-feathers.
Ruby collects the White Knight relic from the temple, completing the first part of the initiation test. She supports Weiss' declaration that they needed to make haste back to the cliffs to finish the test rather than "dilly-dally" around, fighting the Grimm.
Ruby, Weiss, Blake, Yang, Jaune, Nora Valkyrie, Pyrrha, and Lie Ren flee deeper into the abandoned temple buildings and are finally trapped between the Nevermore and the Death Stalker on a bridge across a seemingly bottomless abyss.
After she, Weiss, Blake, and Yang make a few futile attempts to kill the Nevermore both individually and with massed ranged fire; Ruby comes up with a plan to combine the various skills and abilities of all four girls.
Yang and Weiss co-operate to ground the Nevermore, freezing its tail to the ground. Blake and Yang create an enormous slingshot from the ribbon of Gambol Shroud. Ruby is then launched from it (with the aid of Weiss' weapon); she pins the Nevermore's neck to the cliff with Crescent Rose's blade and ascends the cliff, aided by her weapon's recoil and Weiss' powers. Finally, at the top of the cliff, a final shot from Crescent Rose beheads the Nevermore and Ruby has defeated her first foe as a student of Beacon Academy.
That evening, back in the amphitheater, Professor Ozpin announces that Ruby, Weiss, Blake, and Yang, having all selected a White Knight Relic, would henceforth work together as Team RWBY. Much to Ruby's shock, Weiss' disbelief, and Yang's joy: Ruby is named team leader.
Start of Classes
The next morning, Ruby, taking her role as team leader most seriously, rallies her team with a whistle to the task of unpacking and decorating their dormitory room. She is eagerly assisted by Yang and Blake but less happily by Weiss, who is probably somewhat annoyed at having her new leader blowing a whistle in her ear at a close range first thing in the morning.
After getting the room in order and creating bunk beds to save space, Ruby determines from their schedule that their first classes of the day start at 9am. When an understandably-alarmed Weiss points out that it is 8:55am, Team RWBY and Team JNPR engage in a sprint across the courtyard to class, watched by a dismayed Glynda and an amused Ozpin.
Ruby pays little attention to the opening lecture of the Grimm Studies class, taught by Peter Port after it becomes clear that the teacher just wishes to boast of his heroic past and, possibly, flirt with a disgusted Yang. Ruby's lackadaisical attitude enrages Weiss who inadvertently volunteers to demonstrate the skills a Huntress needs by fighting a Boarbatuskthat Professor Port has brought along for the occasion.
Weiss struggles against the Grimm boar, primarily because she keeps pausing to berate Ruby for distracting her or telling her what to do, despite Ruby actively trying to give her advice and encouragement. After killing her foe (using a strategy Ruby had suggested), she storms off, much to her classmates' puzzlement.
Ruby confronts her teammate, demanding an explanation. Weiss rages at Ruby, telling her that she is unfit to be a leader due to her youth and lack of skill; she did not want to be in any team led by Ruby.
A dismayed Ruby meets up with Ozpin, who informs her that he has made more mistakes than anyone else on Remnant but that he does not believe that making Ruby team leader is one of those.
Ozpin counsels Ruby that being a leader is a badge and burden she must bear always and that she needs to prove herself worthy of it. She cannot expect to lead if she does not show herself worthy of being followed. After the headmaster leaves, Ruby sees Weiss talking to Professor Port and seems to come to a decision.
That night, Ruby falls asleep studying and is woken by Weiss who seems impressed by her work ethic. Weiss informs her that she intends to be the best teammate she can be and gives Ruby a coffee and a tip on her studies as peace offerings. Before leaving she confesses that she always wanted a bunk-bed.
As classes progress for a few weeks, Ruby is seen watching a fight between Jaune and Cardin. After the match, Glynda announces a festival that Ruby is clearly excited about, as it means fighting teams from other schools. Ruby later joins Team JNPR for a meal, where she looks at Pyrrha in agreement, and questions if Jaune is okay after his humiliating defeat and calls Cardin a bully due to how he treats him.
One night, Ruby runs into Jaune outside his room, thinking that he locked himself from his room. Jaune admits to Ruby his problems with Cardin and Pyrrha, but Ruby gives him some advice about being a leader and how as a leader, Jaune needs to put his team before himself and how he isn't allowed to fail because of it. She believes that Jaune could be a great leader and leaves Jaune in the hall to think about it.
The next day, Ruby and her team go on a field trip to Forever Fall to collect red sap from the local trees. Everything goes well until Cardin and Jaune are attacked by an Ursa. Ruby orders Yang and Blake to get Glynda while Weiss, Pyrrha, and herself go to save Jaune.
Pyrrha tells them to wait as Jaune fights the Ursa, helping him slightly with her Semblance. Ruby asks what Pyrrha just did and Pyrrha explains she has the power of polarity, which Ruby mistakes as the power to control poles, prompting Weiss to correct her that it means controlling magnetism. The three then leave Cardin and Jaune alone and walk back to rejoin the groups.
In order to prepare for the upcoming Vytal Festival, Weiss convinces the team to head down to the docks to see the other teams; despite Ruby complaining that it smells like fish. While there, the team investigate a robbery at a Dust shop.
Weiss and Blake begin to fight about the White Fang's possible involvement in the robbery, but Ruby sides with Blake that it probably wasn't them and wonders if it was Roman; as the Vale Police Department had never caught him and the crime is similar to the robbery at From Dust Till Dawn. Just then Sun Wukong runs off a nearby boat and the group gives chase at Weiss' insistence. During the chase, Weiss knocks over a girl named Penny and Ruby greets her first.
As they talk, Ruby calls her a friend before leaving around the corner. As they talk about the strange girl, Penny appears in front of them and asks Ruby if she really meant that they were friends. Despite everyone signally to Ruby not to say yes, she does anyway and Penny is overjoyed.
The meeting turns sour when Weiss and Blake begin fighting over the White Fang and Faunus in general, forcing Ruby and Yang to watch them fight well into the night. However, when Blake accidentally admits she was affiliated with the White Fang and runs off, Ruby tries and fails to stop her. She then goes out searching for her after she had been gone all weekend.
Ruby and her sister Yang are constantly shouting out Blake's name in the hopes of finding her, while Weiss just walked doing nothing. Shortly after Penny appeared, Yang and Weiss left her alone with Ruby, much to Ruby's annoyance. Ruby and Penny spend the rest of the day talking, mostly on Blake and friendship. Shortly afterward, during the night, the two girls heard an explosion.
After seeing who it was, Ruby called herself out to Roman who took the advantage in shooting Ruby whilst she was distracted. Scared that Penny might get injured, Penny still went on to fight, which impressed Ruby by her skills. Once Team RWBY was reunited she happily shouted about her team being together again. After this, she asks for Penny, who is seen to be in a car talking to a mysterious man.
Beginning the Second Semester
Before the second semester beings, Ruby compiles a large binder of ideas for how she and her team can have the best day ever. She then meets them in the dining hall and begins to explain to them her idea, despite Nora and Yang flinging food at each other. This eventually escalates into a full scale food fight between Ruby's team and JNPR.
Ruby leads her team into the charge, but eventually, everyone on her team is incapacitated. As a final attack, Ruby uses her Semblance to create a wind vortex that sucks up all the loose food, plates, and soda in the dining hall and dashes past JNPR, forcing them against the back wall. She then jumps out of the way as they are hit with the airborne food and soda, covering them entirely. As Glynda barges into the room and sets everything right, Ruby is seen laughing with everyone else.
Ruby is seen playing a board game with her teammates, but she and Weiss lose to her sister. After Sun arrives and introduces them to his friend Neptune Vasilias, Blake leaves. Later that day, Ruby returns to her dorm with Yang and Weiss. Yang says that they should not have let "the new guy" play, and Ruby tells Yang how she's only mad because he beat her and that Yang should have attacked when Ruby told her to.
After Weiss stops Blake from leaving, pointing out her recent behavior, Ruby asks Blake if she still is thinking about Roman. Blake answers that she has thought of not only Roman, but also the White Fang, and the discussion continues on about how nobody knows what is going on.
After a lengthy conversation, Ruby formulates a plan for the four to take down the enemies that are conspiring against them, to which all agree, but not with the "Aye' response she was expecting. Deciding to form a plan, Ruby suddenly remembers leaving her board game in the library and rushes out to get it, but she bumps into Emerald Sustrai and Mercury Black.
She also meets Cinder again, although she isn't aware that she fought her during the Dust Store robbery. Ruby then redirects them to where they are supposed to go. Cinder thanks her and that they will meet again. Ruby agrees and shouts "Welcome to Beacon!"
Following Peter Port's class, Ruby is with her team in their dorm, changing their clothes into their alternate outfits. After going over their plans, the team leader is surprised by Sun, who agrees alone to join them, but Ruby tells him she doesn't want to get friends involved. He objects, having Neptune join him as well. After pairing Neptune with Yang and Sun with Blake, Ruby heads out with Weiss. She pulls away Weiss after rejecting her idea of working with Neptune.
The pair is then seen talking about the Cross Continental Transmit System center when they bump into Penny. When Ruby asks Penny where she's been, she runs away, and Ruby goes after her, leaving Weiss alone but not before telling her that they would meet up later.
After running around with Penny and asking her several questions, they are spotted by two Atlas Soldiers, prompting Penny to run away with Ruby running behind her. Ruby aids her by cutting off a scaffolding, causing boxes to fall, blocking the soldiers' passageway. Using her speed, Ruby grabs Penny in flight but soon loses control, crashing to the floor, dropping Penny, and causing Ruby herself to land on the street.
Before she is hit by an incoming truck, Penny saves her in the nick of time and stops the truck with her bare hands, lifting it up, visibly shocking Ruby. Penny runs away again. After catching up to her once more, Ruby again asks Penny what is wrong. She tells Penny that she can trust her and assures her that they are friends. Penny then reveals to Ruby her metallic hands and that she isn't a normal girl, leaving Ruby surprised once again.
After learning about Penny's true self, Ruby surprises her by saying that it matters not to her if she is a robot, because all that matters is that she has a heart and soul, something she herself can feel. Penny hugs Ruby in joy and then hides her in a garbage dump after hearing the two Atlas soldiers.
Some time later, Ruby responds to Blake's distress call, pointing out how she would not miss the fight with the Atlesian Paladin-290. She then joins her team in a fight against Roman, who was piloting the large robot. After a long fight, the robot is destroyed by Yang, resulting in the escape of their enemies. After Weiss makes a small joke, Ruby snickers, although Yang and Blake weren't too pleased with the joke.
Aftermath and The Dance
Ruby is seen with her team observing a fight between Pyrrha and Team CRDL, where Pyrrha emerges victorious. When Mercury decides to challenge Pyrrha immediately afterwards, Ruby offers praise in regards to his skills to Emerald.
Later that day, Ruby and her team show concern for Blake, who hasn't slept in days, has barely eaten, and has allowed her grades to drop significantly. When her team attempts to help her, Blake brushes them off and leaves, telling them that she will be in the library. Ruby, Yang, and Weiss then stare in shock as Jaune shows up at their dorm, attempting to invite Weiss to the dance, only to get shot down.
A depressed Ruby is seen sitting on a chair, whilst her teammates prepare for the dance. When Weiss asks Ruby which tablecloth they should use, the team leader asks if both are the same, with Weiss answering on why she even asked. When Yang asks Ruby what's wrong, Ruby says that she has no more ideas on how to get Blake to come to the dance, Yang reassures her and Weiss that Blake is going.
The next day, an embarrassed Ruby enters the ballroom, with Yang commenting on how beautiful she is. She complains about the shoes, and how it's possible for Weiss to fight in such footwear.
Following this, with Weiss and Yang heading their way to have fun, Ruby has a small conversation with Ozpin, who points out that one can never spend all their time on the battlefield, and that both dancing and fighting are exactly the same, and that she should take the time into having fun. He comments that as time goes on friendships can be tested, but it's opportunities at events like these which can strengthen those bonds, and why they are remembered.
Ruby is seen alone drinking from a cup, and is later joined by Jaune, who adds on how both of them are alone. When Jaune asks about Weiss, she informs him that she came alone, which upsets him, knowing she had asked Neptune to the dance. She is then seen talking with her sister, who headlocks her, only to tell her to try and have fun.
Ruby later notices Cinder sneaking around and decides to follow her. After giving chase and seeing what she did to several guards, Ruby confronts her in a small fight, but Cinder escapes, leaving her alone in the Cross Continental Transmit System, as James Ironwood arrives.
The Mountain Glenn Mission
Ruby arrives at Ozpin's office, where the headmaster along with Ironwood and Glynda are waiting for her. They then begin to talk about the events of the previous night, in which Ruby recollects the events of Cinder, however, she points out that she doesn't recognize the assailant due to her mask, but brought up her abilities. Glynda notes the glass-based abilities described by Ruby were similar to the woman she fought when they first met Ruby.
After Ironwood praises Ruby for her actions, Ozpin asks Ruby to keep their conversation secret, which she agrees to. She is then confronted by her team upon her arrival to her dorm room, to which she eventually tells them of the events last night. While Weiss believed her actions to have been rather risky, Blake says that Ruby handled it right, as Yang tries to comfort her sister by telling her that everything would be alright. In an effort to cheer her up, Yang reveals to Ruby a package delivered to them from their father.
After opening up the package and revealing to be their dog Zwei, Ruby is overjoyed, along with Yang, and her partner Weiss, who was skeptical at first, while Blake hid up on top of Ruby's bed. After Glynda calls all first-year students to the assembly hall, Ruby heads over with her team, where Ozpin gives a speech on how eighty years to the day the biggest war ended.
Following the speech, Ruby and her team head to a selection of missions called Search & Destroy and all choose Quadrant 5, to clear out Grimm, but are unable to, due to it being unavailable for first-year students. However, Ozpin, after pointing out some of Ruby's past actions, along with her team, he bends the rules and enlists them in their selection.
Following a short conversation with Team CFVY'S Velvet Scarlatina, Ruby presses on on how they never backed down from a challenge, and that they can't do it now. Blake agrees, and Ruby brings up that it won't be just them, but also that they will fight alongside a genuine huntsmen. Unfortunately, Ruby and her team are left in utter shock upon seeing that Bartholomew Oobleck was the one joining them.
As the team still remains in shock upon Oobleck being their shadowing Huntsman, he informs them of their mission and then rushes of to the ship. At that moment, Team JNPR meets up with Team RWBY, who begin talking about their mission to Quadrant 5, just as Sun and Neptune arrive, in which also talk about their job. After Oobleck calls for the team, Sun, Neptune and Team JNPR give Yang and her team a sympathetic look and then part ways.
Once aboard the ship. Oobleck tells Weiss that despite being intellectual, he has had his share of "tussles" as a Huntsmen, which Ruby mistakes for truffles and brussels sprouts. Oobleck brings up on how the southeast quadrant of Vale is the site of the kingdom's greatest failure, where Ruby answers Mountain Glenn, as Yang adds on to it with it being an expansion having been overrun by the creatures of Grimm, and was fenced of the rest of the city.
Once they arrive, after discovering that Ruby had brought the dog, something which Oobleck didn't seem to be bothered by, they are ordered to dispatch a group of Beowolves, which they do, and continue to do so for the rest of the day.
Later, Ruby accompanies Oobleck to scout the perimeter, as her team set up camp. When they reach the edge of the destroyed city, she notices Grimm in the distance, which Oobleck tells her are the Goliath's. When she points out on attacking them, Oobleck informs her that her sniper rifle would just agitate them, but over time learned that their fight against humans resulted in their deaths, and since then have kept away from humans.
The two then get into another discussion, where Ruby asks Oobleck why he became a Huntsmen. He tells her that he chose his career to save people, and when he looks at the ruins of the city, he looks and wonders about the people that could've been saved.
Around nighttime, the two return to the campsite and Ruby warms herself up the fire, while Oobleck tells them to get ready for the next day, and to eat their dinner and head to bed, shortly before asking who will take first watch, as Ruby herself volunteers first. When heading out, Yang asks Ruby if Oobleck asked her on the reason she became a Huntress and what did she tell him, however, Ruby informs her that he didn't and heads out, wishing her team good night.
As her team lays in their beds behind her, Ruby keeps watch with Zwei as Beowolves are heard in the distance, and Ruby says that things will be better tomorrow.
Ruby is seen to still be keeping the first watch, whilst her team members are asleep, who then begin talking. She later falls asleep as Yang takes watch and is awoken when Zwei runs out, prompting her to go after him, not alerting her team. After catching up to her pet, she hears two White Fang members and follows them, but unable to call for her team, Ruby decides to go tell them, but the street caves in, and she falls through with Zwei, but manages to throw him over, but fails in her attempt to get up, as the remainder of the street collapses.
She lands in what appears to be an underground village and is confronted by the two same guards she saw earlier, and attempts to fight back but is quickly apprehended and knocked out. She is then brought before Roman.
Ruby is seen being attacked by Roman, who appears to be enjoying himself. When asked by the latter on how she found them, she uses her Semblance to escape, but unfortunately fails due to Roman using his weapons hook to grapple her. Their attention is then caught by several explosions in the distance and fleeing White Fang members.
As Roman is angered, it is revealed to be Oobleck and the rest of her team, and using an open opportunity, Ruby jumps on Roman covering his eyes with his own hat and begins to run, managing to evade the shots being fired at her. She is cornered by four White Fang members who all attempt to shoot Ruby, but is then saved by her sister Yang. Jumping into her arms happily, Ruby tells her team that she is fine and begins to inform them of the White Fang's actions, who are fleeing on a train. Given no other choice, Ruby tells them that they have to stop them.
As they board the train, the team discovered several bombs were rigged onto the train, later noticing they were set so each car detached from the train would explode to create holes in the ceiling of the tunnel for the Grimm to escape to the surface. After they take out several henchmen atop the train, Ruby and Oobleck work together to eliminate the Atlesian Paladin-290s so they could reach the front car.
However, as they reach the front car and rejoin with the rest of the team, they realize the train's about to reach the end of the tunnel, with no way to stop it. Weiss encompasses the group in a barrier of ice before the train collides and burst upward into the center of Vale. Recovering from the crash, Ruby hears the city's emergency sirens blare as a horde of Grimm emerges and terrorizes the city from within.
Team RWBY regroups at the center plaza as they are surrounded by Grimm from all sides. Each team member engages the Grimm, with Ruby, at one point, anchoring her Crescent Rose into the ground and spin-stomping attacking Grimm from around her. Eventually, Oobleck joins the fight, with Teams JNPR and CFVY, Sun, Neptune, Emerald, Mercury, the Atlesian Forces and other Beacon Professors arriving to contain the swarm of Grimm.
After securing the breach in the city and disposing of the invading Grimm, Team RWBY return to Beacon to assess the events of the past 2 days, though Ruby is still concerned about being unable to resolve all the lingering questions and mysteries surrounding their investigation thus far. With dawn rising, she suggests the team gets some sleep, to which they all agree.
Vytal Festival Tournament
Shortly before the Vytal Festival tournament begins, Ruby returns to the cliffside forest to visit Summer Rose's grave. She talks about her father, Taiyang Xiao Long, how he has started to go on missions again and that she thinks he misses adventuring with her. She also talks about how Yang is on her team at Beacon, and how she's become a great fighter.
She speaks about her new teammates, Weiss and Blake; how she's made many new friends and met some odd teachers; and how she'd stopped some bad guys - pausing to remark on the similarity between mother and daughter. She also wonders momentarily why Ozpin let her into Beacon and how he reminds her of her uncle Qrow. She then gets called away by Taiyang, who is about to leave on another mission. She joins him and he drops her off at Vale, where the tournament is due to begin.
At the enormous floating stadium Amity Colosseum, Team RWBY's first match in the tournament is with Team ABRN of Haven Academy. After an action-packed match, Team RWBY emerges victorious, and the team heads to the Beacon fairgrounds to get a meal. There, they meet Emerald, who returns Ruby's wallet, claiming that she had dropped it. Emerald praises Team RWBY's performance, much to Ruby's delight.
RWBY ends up eating at a noodle store run by the Shopkeep, where Ruby orders a huge bowl. There they are joined by JNPR, before the latter head off to their next match in the tournament. Ruby and her team follow JNPR over to the stadium, taking their place at the spectator stands to cheer their friends on.
During the match between Team JNPR and Team BRNZ she cheers Jaune on. After the match between Team SSSN and Team NDGO, she is relieved that SSSN won. As Team RWBY leaves the stadium, Ruby bumps into Weiss as the latter sees Winter Schnee's airship arriving at Beacon.
Weiss takes off after her sister's ship, and Ruby hurries after her. Ruby and Weiss meet Winter at Beacon's courtyard. After Winter declines to answer a couple of Weiss' questions yet asks of her sister's well-being, Winter thanks Ruby for taking an interest in a friendship with Weiss. Ruby notices the formalities in the sisters' speaking, and she stops herself from being too informal. This leads to pauses as she searches for words and a loss of balance as she tries to curtsy. She bids the sisters well and heads off just when Qrow arrives at Beacon.
As Qrow and Winter fight, Weiss tells Ruby that a crazy person is attacking her sister. When she realizes he is her uncle, she disregards Weiss' claim and instantly cheers on her family member. Ruby leaps onto Qrow's arm after his fight and repeatedly asks if he missed her. He says "nope" before affectionately messing with her hair. Ozpin calls Qrow to his office, and Qrow wishes Ruby well with a wink and a fist bump. Weiss notes how similar Ruby is to her uncle. Ruby says Weiss is only mad because of how well Qrow did against her sister, and Weiss calls the match a draw at best.
Ruby, Yang and their uncle are later in Team RWBY's dorm taking turns playing a two-player fighting game. Ruby asks why Qrow is at Beacon when his mission was supposed to take longer. He tells Ruby and Yang of his most recent mission as well as Team STRQ, of which he used to belong. While he admires their actions as huntresses, he also reminds them that his nieces and their friends cannot stop all crime in Vale.
Ruby finds Penny after the latter's victory against Team CRDL's Russel Thrush and Sky Lark. She is introduced to Penny's acquaintance, Ciel Soleil, who already knows much about Ruby. Penny asks Ciel for a minute to talk with Ruby, and Ciel obliges. Ruby asks if Ciel knows Penny is a robot, and Penny denies the claim. She reasons that General Ironwood does not want anyone to find out. She recalls getting a magnet stuck to her head, but she was able to cover it. The two laugh over the situation.
Penny tells Ruby she has a plan to stay at Beacon, though Ironwood and her father are likely not to allow her. Ciel calls Penny to leave, and Ruby goes to the stands to watch Weiss and Yang fight Flynt Coal and Neon Katt of Team FNKI. After Weiss and Yang win and the former is charred, Ruby and Blake come to her side and congratulate them.
As Yang is chosen at random to fight Mercury in the singles round, Ruby, Weiss and Blake cheer her on from the stands. Ruby tells her sister to break a leg, wishing her well. Yang wins the fight. However, after the fight, Ruby and everyone watching sees Yang break Mercury's leg, apparently without provocation. Ruby and her team are speechless, unaware that Yang actually saw Mercury attacking her first.
Ruby is later seen comforting Yang along with Weiss and Blake in their dorm. Ironwood is with them and states no matter what really happened previously, Yang was seen attacking an innocent student without provocation, and is therefore disqualified. Despite the popular belief, Ruby is still quick to rally at her sister's side along with Weiss.
After leaving Yang alone in their dorm, the three meet JNPR outside their dorm. Ruby informs them that Mercury, along with his own team, rushed back to Mistral to meet up with family and will be therefore unreachable. Ruby supports Pyrrha and wishes her good luck on the singles rounds. Ruby later meets Velvet at the airship docks. Velvet states her concern for Yang as well and dislikes ill news towards her, which Ruby appreciates. She also tells Ruby that Coco experienced the same sort of hallucination in her match against Emerald and Mercury. Ruby was off put by this information and begins to suspect.
Ruby then gets a seat in Amity Colosseum before the match starts, but then is agape when she spots Emerald seated across the arena. Which contradicts to the information she was given. Ruby then leaves the Colosseum grandstands. Mercury then emerges before her. Who, much to Ruby's surprise, looks completely unscathed. She is later horrified when she hears Professor Port announce the next match, Pyrrha against Penny. Mercury reveals he knows Penny's secret, and acknowledges the havoc that will be caused due to Pyrrha's semblance. Beginning to catch on to the ruse, Ruby reaches to draw her weapon, only to find she did not bring it. Mercury takes a fighting stance, leaving Ruby to face him alone.
While Pyrrha and Penny's match progresses, Ruby becomes ensnared in a losing conflict against Mercury and does her best to escape and warn her friends. Ruby is too late in getting back to the grandstands, falling to her knees and crying when seeing Penny torn apart before Pyrrha and an international audience. Ruby breaks down in tears when she sees Penny's dismembered remains in the arena.
The Battle of Beacon
Initially frozen with shock and horror, she later sees Pyrrha and Jaune in danger. In response, she grabs one of Penny's swords, and stabs the Grimm in an effort to defend the two. When Pyrrha apologizes, Ruby comes to terms with the ordeal, and states that it is not her fault, but that of the conspirators causing the chaos. After receiving help from the other students, she requests Sun's Scroll to retrieve her weapon.
When Port and Oobleck intervene, Ruby initially protests on them having to evacuate the stadium when the Griffonsarrive, but she is swayed by their reasoning that they have to survive to tell history.
Once the group gathers, Ruby agrees with Jaune and Sun to defend Vale, heading to Beacon in an Air Bus. However, once she sees Ironwood's craft fall from the sky, she returns to Amity by herself, to propel herself on a locker, all the way to Roman's stolen airship.
Jumping onto the deck, Ruby watches as the Dragon and several Griffon pass by her. One Griffon lands in front of her, and she defeats it, but it leaves her a little bit exhausted. Suddenly, Neopolitan appears behind Ruby and snaps a picture with her Scroll, sending it to Roman and prompting him to go and fight Ruby.
Getting overpowered by the duo, Ruby asks why they are letting the Grimm destroy everything, becoming shocked when she learns that is their plan. Roman and Neo overpower Ruby again, and she ends up hanging onto Crescent Rose on the edge of the airship. As Neo points her blade at her, Ruby notices a button on the umbrella and quickly pushes it, sending her opponent flying into a horde of Griffon. Ruby angrily proclaims that she and her allies will stop their enemies and charges at Roman. However, he counters her attack and beats her with his cane, proclaiming that he will survive while heroes like her will die. He is suddenly eaten alive by a Griffon, much to Ruby's horror.
As the monster moves to attack her, she dodges and kicks it into the hull of the ship. As the aircraft begins to fall, Ruby dashes to Crescent Rose and jumps off the ship. Firing bullets to slow her descent, she lands safely onto Beacon's landing pad and watches as the airship crashes into Vale.
Ruby later regroups with Weiss, Sun, Blake, Yang, Nora and Ren, and is devastated to see that Yang's right arm has been cut off. After realizing Jaune and Pyrrha are still missing, she declares that she will bring them back, with Weiss accompanying her.
As they arrive at the tower, they receive a call from Jaune asking them to save Pyrrha. After defeating the surrounding Grimm, Weiss propels her onto the walls of the tower so that she can save Pyrrha. Unfortunately, Ruby arrives too late, watching in horror as Cinder kills Pyrrha. She breaks down in despair and unleashes a power that engulfs both the Dragon and Cinder in a blinding light. Ruby falls unconscious moments later and was rescued by Qrow afterward.
A New Team and a New Journey
She later wakes up in her home, under the care of her father, before Qrow steps in to explain what transpired. He tells her she froze the Dragon to the tower using a power that is indicated by her silver eyes – a rare trait that she shared with her mother. Ruby learns that she comes from a line of legendary warriors that Grimm fear. When Ruby wants to help Qrow in completing Ozpin's work, he tells Ruby to recover first.
Later, she visits Yang's room, where she learns that her team has been divided, as Weiss has returned to Atlas with her father and Blake fled. She is shocked and saddened by the news, even more so at how dispirited her older sister has become. Before leaving her broken sibling, she sadly relayed that she still loved her, but receives no reply.
In the following winter, Ruby leaves her home without telling her father, having written a letter to him to explain her departure. Reuniting with Jaune, Nora and Ren, she journeys with them to Haven Academy in Mistral. Along the way, the four of them stop at Summer's Gravestone, where Ruby pays her respects to her mother once again, before departing on their great journey.
Journey to Haven
Several months after her departure, Ruby comes across a village under attack from hordes of Grimm. She quickly moves into the village and makes short work of the Grimm attackers, slaying a fearsome Grimm known as a Beringel. Nearby, Jaune, Ren and Nora see smoke and contact her by Scroll before rushing over to assist. Without waiting for them to arrive, Ruby eagerly continues her fight in the village alone.
Sometime after that, Ruby manages to find her way to Mistral with the others. They help a village by hunting down and killing a Geist that had been plaguing them for weeks, in exchange for new armor for Jaune and a modified Crocea Mors. Upon seeing the logo on Jaune's hood, Ruby bursts into laughter as she sees it's a "cute little bunny rabbit". As they head for the next village with high spirits, Ruby becomes somber at the mention of the Schnee Dust Company.
Sometime later, Ruby has a strange dream where she hears Pyrrha's voice and wakes up startled. When she and her team arrive at Shion, they are shocked to find the town destroyed and its villagers dead. They learn from a dying Huntsmanthat the village was attacked by bandits, and the panic attracted local Grimm. Ruby tries to comfort a distraught Jaune, but he is devastated at another loss of life. Later, Ruby has the same dream again and wakes up in the middle of the night hearing Pyrrha's voice. Upon seeing Jaune's sleeping bag empty, she discovers him training using a training video made by Pyrrha. After watching Jaune train once and listening to Pyrrha's message to him, Ruby quietly slips away back to camp.
Ruby and her friends then travel to Higanbana after she has trouble pronouncing its name. They continue in high spirits, unaware that her uncle Qrow has protected them from a Grimm attack. That night, Ruby and her team make it to town and rest at the inn, and Qrow watches them from a nearby tavern.
Team RNJR sets out again to continue its journey to Haven. The team comes across Oniyuri, an incomplete village that was a failed attempt by people in Mistral to break away from the Kingdom. Ruby and company continue on, but are ambushed by Tyrian Callows, who declares his intention to take Ruby and overwhelms Team RNJR. Ruby's Aura is depleted and she is incapacitated, but before Tyrian can land a critical strike on her, Qrow appears and blocks the attack.
Ruby learns from her uncle that Tyrian is working for Salem, and the two men begin to fight each other. Team RNJR tries to help, but Qrow orders them to stay back. Ruby gets atop a roof and unsuccessfully fires at Tyrian from a distance. She decides to join in once the two fall into a building. Qrow shouts at her to stay back, but she does not listen. Just as a wooden beam is about to fall on her, Qrow saves her but gets grazed by Tyrian's stinger. Ruby quickly retaliates by cutting off the Faunus' tail, crippling him. After Tyrian quickly retreats, Ruby tends to her uncle.
That night, Ruby and her friends learn from Qrow about the four Maidens, the deity brothers who created Remnant and the four relics that are hidden within the four academies. Afterward, Ruby asks her uncle as to why he was following her team discreetly and not joining them. He answers that he did not want his Semblance of misfortune to harm her.
The following morning, Ruby is horrified that Qrow had been poisoned by Tyrian. A makeshift stretcher is used to carry Qrow while they all continue on in the hopes of finding help for him. However, they are forced to make a difficult choice when encountering a fork in the road. Team RNJR splits. Ren and Nora take the mountainous path toward Mistral while Ruby and Jaune carry Qrow through onto a level path that leads to a destroyed city. They both walk over the same symbol that was seen on the ground at Shion.
Ruby and Jaune are unable to locate medical supplies in Kuroyuri, and Ruby apologizes to Jaune for getting him, Ren and Nora involved in the journey. When their companions rejoin them, they are confronted by the Nuckelavee. Ruby helps bring the fight to an end by pinning one of the Nuckelavee's arms with her scythe, and once Ren slays it, the smoke that results from its disintegration catches the attention of pilots from Mistral who were on patrol. The pilots transport them to the City of Mistral, where Qrow receives medical attention, the group finds a place to stay and Ruby writes a letter to Yang.
Ruby, along with Qrow and the rest of Team RNJR, meets Professor Leonardo Lionheart, headmaster of Haven Academy. She learns of the connection between the Maidens and the Relics through the conversation about the Spring Maiden likely being with Yang's mother Raven Branwen. Unable to go after her due to Lionheart’s resistance, the group is left with no other choice but to wait.
Later, she and the rest of her team meet Oscar Pine, who introduces himself as also being Professor Ozpin. Oscar gives Ozpin control of his body and the former headmaster reveals the true nature of his being as a soul and memories transferred into Oscar after a long line of succession. Ozpin plans to train Ruby and the rest of her team, citing Ruby's poor hand-to-hand combat skills, so they can best ensure the safety of the Relic of Knowledge.
Ruby, Oscar, and the rest of Team RNJR train outside. Ruby spars Oscar in hand-to-hand combat and wins because he never engaged his Aura. When Ozpin controls Oscar's body, however, he easily bests Ruby after she uses incorrect footing. After the spar, Team RNJR discusses with Oscar about Aura and Semblance. When Jaune laments that he has not discovered his powers yet, Ruby encourages him and Oscar, saying that they will find their Semblances in time.
One night, Ruby finds Oscar training by himself with Ozpin's cane in the training room. She compliments him on his improvement and believes that he will be ready for combat soon. However, Oscar states that he is scared of fighting, and even yells at Ruby for being calm with all of the chaos that is surrounding her. She is taken back by his burst of anger, but she calmly tells him how she came to lose Penny and Pyrrha and the circumstances of their deaths. Ruby admits she is scared, but her biggest fear is that Salem will kill not only her opponents, but innocent bystanders as well. She states that she has to keep moving forward because she knows that Penny and Pyrrha would have done the same if she was the one to lose her life. Going back upstairs, Ruby acknowledges Oscar for his perseverance and bravery.
On a later day, Team RNJR prepare a dinner for the Huntsmen Qrow is searching for. When she heads for the house entrance upon her uncle’s return, she is shocked to find Yang and Weiss with him. As her older sister approaches her, Ruby tries to apologize for leaving her back in Patch. However, Yang cuts her off with a hug and tearfully says “I love you,” which Ruby responds back. The sisters then invite Weiss to join in, and the girls share a heartfelt reunion.
Ruby then has a ramen dinner with all of her friends and they go over past events. She compliments Ren for being “out of control” during the battle with the Nuckelavee, and later is in awe of Yang’s new robotic arm. Then they all have a talk with Ozpin, where it is revealed that he gave the Branwen twins the ability to turn into birds and he was the wizard who gave the first Maidens their magic. In the end, Ruby is worried that Yang is going to leave because Ozpin was keeping his secrets, but is later relieved when her sister decides to stay due to her own influence.
Waking up early the next morning, Ruby has coffee with Weiss and Yang and laments that Blake is not with them. She shows great concern for her sister when the latter states she does not care for their teammate anymore. Later, Ruby finds Yang consolidating with Weiss and is relieved to see her sister has calmed down.
Ruby later talks to Ozpin and Qrow alone about her worries for the Relic of Choice, as Cinder is the Fall Maiden who can access the Relic. She is assured by Ozpin that Salem does not have that Relic, as he has made it more difficult to find in Beacon. Ruby then asks about his cane, and she learns that although it is not a Relic, it is still special to him. After Qrow receives a call from Lionheart, Ruby is delighted to hear that there is a raiding party ready to find the Spring Maiden and rushes to fetch the others.
The Battle of Haven
On the night of the full moon, Ruby and her allies travel to Haven to meet with Lionheart and unexpectedly encounter Raven. After hearing from her that no one can defeat Salem, Ruby argues with her, reasoning that they have achieved impossible feats because they worked together. She then extends her hand and asks Raven to join them, but the response she receives is a surprise attack from Cinder through the bandit’s portal. Soon after, the heroes find themselves surrounded by Salem’s followers and learn that both Lionheart and Raven have sided with them. When Jaune moves in to fight Cinder, Ruby rushes to help him but is stopped by Emerald. As the two battle, Ruby asks Emerald why she is serving Salem, only to find that Emerald does not care about Salem but owes Cinder everything. Upon seeing Jaune and Cinder about to collide, Ruby remembers Pyrrha’s death and cries out, unleashing her silver-eyed powers once more. However, Emerald knocks Ruby out and cuts her powers short. When she regains consciousness, Ruby finds Weiss incapacitated and treated by Jaune. Upon seeing her other comrades in trouble, she directs Jaune to keep treating Weiss, Nora to cover for them, and Ren to help Oscar and Qrow against Lionheart and Hazel Rainart. Ruby then rushes to Yang's side and prepares to fight with her against Emerald and Mercury.
Ruby fights Mercury and eventually head butts him, telling him that she will do whatever it takes to shut him up. As the battle progresses, she finds that her allies are tired and worn out, but is later surprised when she hears the airships of the Mistral police outside. Suddenly, Ruby is shocked to find Blake outside. Remembering about the Relic, she orders Yang to head for the vault. Ruby then turns and gives Blake a nod before the latter runs back outside.
As the battle rages on, Ruby and Weiss are reunited with Blake once again after she stomps on Hazel. After stopping Lionheart from firing his Dust projectiles and causing him to flee, Ruby directs her teammates for their coordinated attacks. Eventually, she pleads for Emerald, Mercury and Hazel to stop fighting as they are all worn out from the battle. When Yang returns with the Relic, Ruby is relieved. But when Emerald breaks down at Cinder's apparent demise, the heroes are caught in an illusion confronting a giant Salem. This leaves Ruby utterly terrified, and Ozpin later confirms that it was an illusion of their true enemy.
After the battle, Ruby collapses from exhaustion and later asks Blake what she was doing in Haven. With all four of them all together once again, the girls shares a hug of reunion as Team RWBY is reformed.
Journey to Atlas
Recovering back at the manor, Ruby and her friends learn more about the Relic of Knowledge from Ozpin, discovering that it can answer three questions every one hundred years. As they now know what it does, Ruby assures Ozpin that they will keep the Relic safe.
Two weeks after the Battle of Haven, Ruby and the rest of her friends go to a train station to board the Argus Limited, which would take them to Argus, a city in Anima on the way to the Kingdom of Atlas. She buys Yang something from the gift shop, and when aboard the train, calls for an official team exercise - video games. Manticore and Sphinx Grimm disrupt it, however, and the heroes climb atop the train to fight them. A tunnel interrupts the battle, and after seeing the scared passengers, Ruby stops her uncle from attempting to force Dudley to deactivate the turrets on the train, and politely pleads with him to turn off the turrets.
When tension rises again as Ozpin reveals that the Grimm are attracted to the Relics, Ruby stops Yang from arguing with Ozpin and devises a plan to split the team up, and later promises Jaune that she and their allies will meet Team JNPR in Argus. Everyone agrees, and Jaune, Ren and Nora take the front cars and all the passengers safely to Argus. Team RWBY, Qrow and Oscar stay in the detached rear cars with the Relic of Knowledge to fight the Grimm. Though they defeat all of the Grimm, the Sphinx spits a fireball at the tracks, derailing the train and leaving Ruby's group in a snowy forest. Maria Calavera, an old woman who happened to stay in the rear cars, comes out and greets them.
Ruby finds the Relic in the snow and holds onto it, later showing to Ozpin that it is safe. When he orders her to give it to him, she asks if his faith in Humanity does not apply to her and her teammates. Oscar fights back for control and tells Ruby to summon the being within the Relic, whose name is "Jinn". After Ruby says the name, she is awestruck as time stops around her and the being emerges from the Relic. Jinn reveals that she can answer two questions, and Ruby goes against Ozpin's pleas, asking the being, "What is Ozpin hiding from us?" She is startled when Ozpin charges at her, but then finds herself alone on an alternate plane. As Jinn tells everyone the answer in a fairy tale form, they learn that Salem was once human.
After learning of Salem and Ozma's past and that Ozpin cannot kill his former lover, Ruby stares down angrily at him and asks if he has a plan to defeat Salem. After he admits that he has no plan, Ozpin loses everyone's faith and seals himself within Oscar's mind. The tension in the group rises until Maria steps in and tells everyone to calm down. As the heroes are directed to follow a nearby trail, Ruby gives Ozpin's cane to Oscar. She tries to assure him that he is his own person, but her efforts are thwarted by Qrow, who tells her not to lie to Oscar. Later on the trail, Ruby and her allies find a farm estate which looks abandoned. Despite its appearance, the heroes venture in for shelter from the snowstorm.
Nightmare of Brunswick Farms
As they try to get inside the main house, Ruby states her confusion as the previous empty towns she passed through were either damaged or unfinished. After they break their way through, she looks at the family pictures and tells Blake that something does not feel right. When they hear Weiss' scream, they hurry to the master bedroom and find a pair of partially decomposed corpses on the bed. As they later gather around the fire, they learn from Qrow that everyone else on the estate suffered the same fate. Ruby deduces that there should be supplies for them to use. She later takes Weiss with her to find food for them to eat. The pair finds a wine cellar, and Ruby suggests that they close it away from Qrow, for she is worried about her uncle after Jinn's revelation of Ozpin's lies and secrets. She is further concerned for Weiss, who finds the goal of getting the Relic of Knowledge to Atlas pointless. They find and bring canned food back to the group. That night, Ruby is once again worried about her uncle as he drinks while taking watch, and the next day, Ruby discovers that Qrow drank himself to sleep. In her anger, she awakens him by throwing and smashing a bottle into a wall. She hugs her uncle and opens up for him, only for him to shrug her off.
Later, Ruby and Qrow are securing the flatbed to Bumblebee, when Qrow's Semblance flattens one of the tires. She argues against her teammates about the mission of getting the Relic of Knowledge to Atlas - all of them arguing that they are better off leaving the lamp at the bottom of the nearby well so that Salem might have a hard time finding it. With her teammates standing against her, Ruby slowly walks over to the well to drop the Relic, but she ultimately rejects the idea and is about to retreat her hand when a pair of eyes catch her off guard, causing her to drop the lamp down the well. As Ruby panics, her teammates' indifference arouses her anger, and she shouts at everyone that she is not leaving without the Relic.
After convincing her team, they go down the well together to search for the Relic. As she finds the lamp, Ruby finds a horde of Apathy and screams in terror. She then runs back to her team and fires at the Grimm, but the bullets do no apparent damage and the Grimms' shrieks make the team feel heavy and tired. Maria finds them, and they run through the tunnels, making their way to the wine cellar - the door of which is locked from the outside. They fall prey to the Apathy, cornered and further exhausted. Ruby, horrified to see Blake lying lifeless as an Apathy is about to kill her, screams for her friend and activates her Silver Eyes. This stuns the Grimm long enough for the group to momentarily stun the Grimm, giving her enough time to save her teammate. The Apathy screech again, and everyone collapses in exhaustion.
When Maria crawls over to her, Ruby answers her question that her eyes are silver. Maria instructs her to think not of the Grimm, but of her loved ones and how they make her feel. Ruby then sits up and unleashes her powers again with more control and destroys all of the Apathy within the vicinity, shocking herself and the others over the extent of her powers. They then escape from the cellar and find Qrow passed out from drinking the alcohol in the bar. Ruby urges her uncle to get up and pushes him out of the house with Weiss' help. They then quickly get on the flatbed and escape from the farm estate.
On the road, Maria tells the group that the Apathy was Bartleby's attempt to cut costs on Huntsman by using their ability to drain emotions, only for the plan to backfire and the Grimm to kill all of the farmers. They learn that the Apathy were affecting them as well, making them tired and apathetic during their entire stay until they escaped. After Maria laments not being able to see that the Grimm were responsible for the deaths of the farm estate residents, Ruby asks about her knowledge of the Grimm and the Silver Eyes. Maria answers that she once had Silver Eyes, just like Ruby.
A Brief Respite =
Ruby and the others then learn about Maria's past as the Grimm Reaper and how she lost her eyes and went into hiding. As the elder laments about her past mistakes, Ruby suggests that Maria can teach her how to properly use her powers as a Silver-Eyed Warrior. Before Maria can reply, Ruby unexpectedly gets a call from Jaune and sees that her Scroll's signal is strong, realizing they have found their way to Argus.
Outside the city walls, the group reunites with Jaune, Ren and Nora with Ruby hugging Jaune and telling him that she kept her promise. While on the trolley, Team RWBY catches up on Argus' history. When they come across Saphron Cotta-Arc and her son Adrian Cotta-Arc, Ruby is overjoyed that she is meeting one of Jaune's sisters. At Saffron's house, the group meets her wife Terra Cotta-Arc and enjoy a dinner of sandwiches. Ruby then announces that they will ask the military base to take the group tomorrow morning, only to find themselves barred from entering the next day.
Ruby and her group then meet Caroline Cordovin, a special operative in charge of the military base. Despite their best efforts, they are unable to convince the Commander to let all of them passage to Atlas, with only Weiss allowed to return home. When the gates close on them again, Ruby assures Weiss that they will not leave her and that they will all get to Atlas somehow. But Qrow walks away to go drink, and Ruby is unable to convince him to stay and help them come up with a different plan. When Nora brings up the possibility of Ozpin offering a plan, Ruby realizes that they need to tell Team JNR the truth.
Back at the Cotta-Arc house, Ruby and her group reveal all about Ozpin and Salem, leaving Jaune and his teammates angered that all of their efforts have been for nothing. Ultimately, Jaune pins Oscar to the wall, forcing Ruby to yell at her friend to stop attacking the farm boy. Soon afterwards, everyone leaves to have time alone, with Ruby trying to call Qrow but to no avail.
Ruby then finds Maria sitting in the backyard and shares her sadness on how she is letting everyone down by not having a plan of defeating Salem. Then at Maria's offer, Ruby learns of the elder's father and how he found little information about the Silver-Eyed warriors. When they discuss about the rarity of their bloodline, Ruby concludes that it was because Salem has hunted them down. Maria then goes on about how the power is the preservation of life, and has Ruby recall about the God of Light using his silver eyes to destroy the Grimm created by his brother. She is then told by Maria to create a state of mind that she can tap into to activate her Silver Eyes to preserve human life. The last bit of information leaves Ruby confused, as she recalls that her powers affected Cinder. Suddenly, Ruby is called by Yang and Blake informs the group that Oscar has gone missing.
Ruby and the others then go out to search for Oscar. When they are unable to find him, Team RWBY and Maria return to the house at night where they find Qrow completely drunk on the doorsteps. Infuriated with her uncle, she and Yang pull him up and angrily tells him that they have been searching for Oscar. When Jaune and his group return, Ruby is surprised to hear that Jaune and his teammates are going to Atlas after they find Oscar. But suddenly, the entire group is surprised to find the farm boy back with a new outfit. Afterwards, Ruby stops Qrow from trying to get away from the group and listens to Jaune's idea to stealing an Atlas airship. When Qrow turns down the idea, Ruby sees that her friends are completely disheartened again. She decides to hear Jaune out about his plan and quickly counters Qrow's rebuttal, reasoning that just because he does not have a plan does not mean that they are out of options, and that they should do things their way.
The Airship Heist
Ruby and the group agree to Jaune's idea and formulate a plan. Weiss and Maria take over a ship after pretending Weiss would return to Atlas, but when they circle back to pick up Ruby and the rest of the heroes at a cliffside, with Blake and Yang disabling the radar tower. Ruby rebuts Qrow's second-guessing, saying they could still use his skills. However, Blake's part of the plan fails, as she is attacked by Adam. Cordovin personally pilots a Colossus to make an example of them, so Ruby tells Weiss to regroup with them on the ground.
Ruby enters the conflict Cordovin initiated against Weiss and Maria in their stolen airship when she destroys a missile Cordovin fires at the airship. After Cordovin retaliates with an ice Dust attack and Weiss protects the group, they formulate a plan to distract the operative with small targets while looking for a weakness. Ruby launches herself into the air, runs across some of Cordovin's missiles and falls to skate and run across ice Weiss cast for them. At one point, Ruby is on the Colossus and Cordovin throws her off, leading Weiss to save her with her Lancer summon. Soon after, Cordovin destroys the summon, and Ruby misses the landing, forcing her to embed Crescent Rose into the cliffside and cling for her life. As Cordovin targets Ruby, Maria intervenes to save her.
After she scales up the cliff with Crescent Rose, Ruby learns from Oscar that the Colossus’ missiles pop out of the cannon, indicating that the can be detonated with an accurate shot. Ruby boards the airship to get close to the Colossus for a clear shot, but as she fires, the Cordovin counters by retracting the missiles and shooting a lightning Dust blast that causes the ship to crash. Recovering, Ruby heads for the incoming Colossus as Qrow stops her. Glaring at her uncle, she tells him to trust her and continues. Ruby then refuses to surrender to Cordovin and ridicules Cordovin for abusing her power just to look down on others. She offers Cordovin one last chance to stand down and hear the group out, only for the offer to be turned down and the cannon directed to her. To everyone’s shock, Ruby jumps into the cannon and aims and shoots at the lightning Dust inside. She dashes out just before all of the Dust explodes and destroys the cannon. With Ruby's Aura broken, Weiss slows Ruby’s fall, and the leader lands in Qrow’s arms, weak. After watching Cordovin fail to move the Colossus again, the group is shocked to learn that a Leviathan is approaching Argus.