Today I would like to discuss a theory regarding two of our favorite characters, Ruby Rose and Jaune Arc.
In the last episode of World of Remnant for this Volume, The Great War, Qrow, through his narration, talks about how the war started, who was fighting who and why, and how it ended. Long story short, the Great War ends in the deserts of Vacuo, with the King of Vale personally taking to the field and demonstrating his considerable might in battle.
Through the King's efforts, the war is won for Vacuo and Vale, but at the cost of a large percentage of human civilization; what wasn't lost or destroyed in battle was razed and abandoned on account of the tremendous rise in Grimm activity responding the the war. The King decided that the world needed to change; rather than focusing of what everyone else was doing and competing with each other, humans should work together to combat the Grimm and build a better future for their children.
But who is the king? Well, we know that he was the last King of Vale, that he lived around 100 years ago, wielded a sword a scepter in battle, and that he built the 4 Hunters' Academies across the world. But, could he also be related to one of our main characters?
The King is described to be a peerless warrior, one so great that his feats were said be scholars to have been legends; exaggerations at best; and that natural causes, such as weather, were a major contributing factor to his victories. Apparently, by that logic, he was so powerful that he was compared to a force of nature. I think it is entirely possible, based on that description, that King Vale might have been a Silver-Eyed Warrior, though no specific mention of this trait is found anywhere. Either this was done to keep the twist a secret, or his eye color was of no significance.
Ruby's lineage is largely unknown, beyond the identity of her parents and her sister (though the Qrow x Summer theorists would throw doubt into even that), so it is entirely possible for her lineage to the royal family to be a secret to her. Not to mention the story motif of having Princess Ruby fight the "evil Queen Salem"; very Disney-eque. Not too far fetched, considering this is a storybook inspired show.
But of course with little evidence beyond fighting prowess and this cute little motif, it's hard to draw any solid conclusions. So who else is a candidate? Well, there's always good old Jaune, who is said to have been descended from great warriors. Okay, good start. He is even said to wield a sword originally owned by his great great grandfather, who fought in the war. Another point in his favor. But there are two main problems with the possibility of Jaune being a prince: his family, and his sword.
Jaune's family isn't nearly as mysterious as Ruby's; his family knows who Jaune's father, grand father, great grandfather and even great great grandfather are, and you would think that if Jaune was decended from royalty, he would know; Vale may be run by democratically elected officials nowadays, but it's still a conversation piece. Secondly, If you pay close attention to the sword that King Vale used in the Great War, it doesn't look right; the blade is too wide, and the handle is of a slightly different shape. So that is most likely not the same blade Jaune is using, unless it has been modified over the years, similar to how Jaune modified his shield.
So the possibility of Ruby or Jaune being of royal decent are out there, with Ruby definitely in the lead, but there even more to it than that. You see, outside World of Remnant, we learned a little bit about Professor Ozpin too; we learned that he has the ability to transfer his aura into the bodies of others when his current body is destroyed. Where have we heard that before?
Well I recall a story about 4 special little girls, the maidens of Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall, and an old wizard. The old wizard ensured that the 4 Maidens, should they fall, would transfer their power to another body, in order to preserve that power and to ensure that no one person would hold the power forever. Some people have speculated that the old wizard may have used some of his power to give himself the same power, so that he may watch over the Maidens throughout their various incarnations.
If this theory is true, and Ozpin is the current incarnation of the Wizard, then it would explain the power that Ozpin wielded in his brief fight against cinder Fall, which was far greater than anything any of the other good guys had displayed before him. And it could explain how the King of Vale, in a time where there was no such thing as Hunters, could rise to such a legendary status. Additionally, the sceptor that the King of Vale owned has been pointed out by others to be visually similar to Ozpin's cane. But if that is the case...
Why would Ozpin let someone who initially appeared as incompetent as Jaune into Beacon? We're not expected to believe that Professor Ozpin didn't know Jaune's transcripts were forged, are we? And what about Ruby? Sure, she demonstrates some beyond excellent skills for her age, but she's too young to take on the responsibilty of being a Huntress. But he let her in anyway, knowing almost nothing about her.
Could Ozpin actually be the reincarnation of the great, great grandfather of Ruby? or Jaune, for that matter?
Or, as a once famous meme once said, "Why not both"?