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  • Oobleck: Who broke the coffee machine? I’m not mad. I just wanna know.
  • Pyrrha: I did. I broke it.
  • Oobleck: No. No, you didn’t. Nora?
  • Nora: Don’t look at me. Look at Yang!
  • Yang: What?! I didn’t break it.
  • Nora: Huh. That’s weird. How'd you even know it was broken?
  • Yang: Because it’s sitting right in front of us and it’s broken!
  • Nora: Suspicious.
  • Yang: No, it’s not!
  • Ruby: If it matters, probably not… Weiss was the last one to use it.
  • Weiss: Liar! I don’t even drink that crap!
  • Ruby: Oh really? Then what were you doing by the coffee cart earlier?
  • Weiss: I use the wooden stirrers to push back my cuticles! Everyone knows that!
  • Pyrrha: All right, let’s not fight. I broke it, let me pay for it Doctor.
  • Oobleck: No. Who broke it?
  • Yang: Sir, Blake's been awfully quiet…
  • Blake: Really?!
  • Yang: Yeah, really!
  • ---------
  • Oobleck: I broke it. I burned my hand so I punched it. I predict ten minutes from now, they’ll be at each other’s throats with warpaint on their faces and a Boarbatusk head on a stick.
  • Oobleck: Good. It was getting a little chummy around here.

In which Iris is 200% done and Barry still doesn’t like his name. 3/

Oobleck Cosplay Test

Might need to use some base, tweak the workshirt and pick the right footwear (Cropped these as I had socks on), but I’d say I have RWBY’s coffee-obsessed, flame-flinging, corgi-weaponizing Doctor of History down pretty well.  I’ll be doing this for AODSF.

I’ll be doing Casual Oobleck at Fanime, experimenting with doing the hair in a way that’s both fantastical and more realistic.

The Torch came out well - that thing has some HEFT.  I’m planning to write up a how-to.  You can do it with one trip to a hardware/plumbing store and a hobby store.

Dachshund not included.  I just didn’t have a spare corgi.


Life Lessons with Professor Branwen™: July 8th

Happy birthday, old man. 💚

So I was rewatching RWBY Vol. 2 Ch. 9, “Search and Destroy”...

 …and I got to the part where Oobleck loses his freaking mind over Zwei. Specifically, he says:

“Canines are historically known for their perceptive nose and heightened sense of sound, making them excellent companions for hunts such as ours!”

Case in point:

So what Oobleck seems to be implying is that certain animal species were domesticated for the purpose of fighting Grimm alongside Huntsmen, like the ninken used by the Inuzuka. Which makes a lot of sense, because unlike Humans and Faunus, animals aren’t attacked on sight by the Grimm (as explained in the eponymous World of Remnant episode):

While occasional skirmishes between wildlife and Grimm have occurred, these instances appear to be based on territorial provocations, rather than a need for sustenance.

So my question is, why haven’t we seen any evidence of this in the show? Where are the scouting birds with mounted cameras on their backs, that can scope out Grimm packs while sending a live feed to a Huntsman’s Scroll? Where are the armored dogs charging on to the field of battle? What about mounts like oxen, that could help guard settlements in addition to protecting caravans or merchants ferrying supplies between villages? I say this because prior to now, we’ve had little evidence suggesting that such an underutilized resource is being used anywhere in Remnant.

Why aren’t the Academies offering courses to students that involve training with animals? Imagine learning how to do reconnaissance, combat, or patrolling with a creature that would largely be ignored by the Grimm in favor of its human prey. It feels like such a waste of potential. Don’t get me wrong  — clearly, an animal couldn’t supplant a Huntsman’s need for a weapon they can directly use. But an animal could certainly function as an accessory to a Huntsman’s mission and expand their tactical options out in the field. We’ve seen Zwei (a pet dog) not only track White Fang operatives, but destroy an Atlesian Paladin-290 with Oobleck, and later best a Beowolf. This isn’t even addressing the fact that Zwei is smart enough to understand and obey complex commands, and if Yang’s to be believed, can use a fucking can opener.

If there’s a point I’m trying to make, it’s this: where’s my domesticated honey badger that can chew through Grimm?