so, im gonna try and peice together remnant's history and lore...
Hello guys, I’m gonna attempt something stupid. This is gonna be a long post, and I’m on mobile so, no readmore. I’m sorry. Press J, if you don’t wanna read, or scroll really fast. Anyway:
As the fandom politely pointed out: there are two conflicting stories on how the world of Remnant was made.
In Volume 1, Episode 1, it is mentioned that man was born from dust. Hence, why the substance that they saw as the saviour of their species is also called ‘dust’.
Then, in Volume 4, Episode 8, Qrow tells RNJR about the gods of Remnant, the two brothers: God of Light and God of Darkness. And these are the two gods who created humans as a symbol of peace after deciding to end their dispute. Qrow mentions that these gods also 'left’ Remnant. Whatever that may mean. The gods also gave gifts to the humans, the four relics: knowledge, creation, destruction, and choice.
The difference in between these two is easily explained.
According to Qrow, it was Ozpin who claimed that humans were made by the God of Light and the God of Darkness. The other claim is that humans were born from dust, a claim made by the narrator, who was revealed in Volume 3, Episode 12 as Salem.
“If you believe Ozpin…” -Qrow Branwen, Volume 4, Episode 8
In other words: the differences in the myths can be attributed to the fact that they were made by/believed in by two opposing people, Salem and Ozpin.
From both the myths, it can be gathered that the grimm have been there even before humans were. When humans appeared on Remnant (regardless of whether it was from gods or from dust, although note that gods could’ve made man from dust) they were constantly terrorized by the grimm, and was on the brink of extinction until they discovered a naturally occuring energy resource, described as 'nature’s wrath’, which humans then named 'dust’.
The origin of dust and grimm are unknown, but when dust was discovered, humans were suddenly able to fight back against the grimm, and as a result, they were able to develop larger communities, and better technology.
For some reason, neither of these myths mention faunus at all, but according to the World of Remnant episode on faunus, faunus have been around about as long as humans have been, possibly even longer. Racial discrimination against the faunus have existed even then.
Four powerful relics are apparently hidden in the hunter schools of Remnant, but since those were mentioned only recently, I won’t elaborate on it.
Another only recently mentioned thing in the World of Remnant are the silver-eyed warriors. According to Qrow, Ozpin told him that long ago, before kingdoms, people born with silver eyes became warriors feared by grimm. As seen in the show from Ruby’s display, silver-eyed warriors have a certain aura/magic -based power. The extent of this power is unknown, only that it these warriors had great skill on the battlefield. But it can be gathered that long ago, possibly even before dust, humanity’s line of defence against grimm were the silver-eyed warriors.
Something happened later on that drove these warriors from reality to the realm of myths and legends. From Hazel’s comment in Volume 4, Episode 1, it is hinted that they might’ve been hunted down.
During an unknown age, magic existed. It is unknown how many people were able to use it, but one recorded in a fairy tale (that Ozpin says is true) is a wizard, who spread his powers to four young women, creating the Maidens of Remnant.
A long time ago, according to Glynda Goodwitch in Volume 3, Episode 6, Maidens were common knowledge. Until people started actively hunting them down in hopes of inheriting their powers. So an organization was formed to protect and hide the Maidens. It is unknown when these events took place. Presumably it was long before the war, but after the kingdoms were made aware of each other.
The War then occurs 80 years before the events in the current timeline. Mistral and Mantle go up against Vale and Vacuo, and they fight over the preservation of the expression of individuality and art. Mistral and Mantle lose, and they congregate on the island of Vytal to discuss peace.
Presumably, this is when Atlas, in place of the defunct kingdom Mantle, offered to create the Cross-Continental Transmit Sytem and also when the four kingdoms decided to 'concentrate faunus population in Menagerie’ (Bartholomew Oobleck, Volume 1, Episode 12)
Sometime around this period was the Faunus Rights Revolution. I am unsure when this happened. I am unsure if this war was because faunus were mistreated before the war, or if it was because they were still being mistreated after being promised equality.
The White Fang was founded shortly after. Starting out as a organization advocating faunus rights led by Ghira Belladonna, they attempted to peacefully promote equality among races, but it soon became clear that this wasn’t working, and the faunus population started to want more radical means. Ghira steps down, and a more radical leader took over (unsure if its really Sierra Khan) the White Fang started to become more violent.
And that concludes what we know about Remnant’s history and myths. So far, nothing about this is contradictory, though it is a bit convoluted, but then again according to Salem from Volume 1, Episode 1:
“Legends, stories gathered through time. Mankind has been quite fond of recounting the exploits of heroes and villains, forgetting so easily that we are remnants - byproducts of a forgotten past.”
Everything on Remnant is shaped by fairytales, myths and legends, as is RWBY’s theme. I would think it was fitting for such a world to have an abundance of legendary creatures, powers, and items.
So uh, let me know what you all think, and feel free to ask me about things I might’ve missed here, and tell me if I made a mistake anywhere. Thanks 👍