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There are launch pads with the Beacon Academy emblem on them used to throw student initiates into the Emerald Forest.
Beacon Cliff is the starting point for Beacon Academy's initiation. While everyone prepares to start, Ozpin explains that they will be launched into the forest and find partners in order to make it to a temple and retrieve a relic.
From there, the students were launched one at a time from the cliff and were told to use their own landing strategies, while Jaune Arc was unceremoniously launched into the forest while questioning what a landing strategy was.
- Monty Oum first announced the Beacon Cliffs in a Rooster Teeth Journal in which he explains how he textured the map using pictures of food. He then stated that there is a cliff called the Beacon Cliffs that may or may not be made of bacon, or named after the food.