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Mankind is no more, yet your world remains. And in time, your kind will grow to walk its face once again. However, without our presence, they will be but a fraction of what they once were.
—God of Light, to Ozma

The God of Light is one of the two Gods who created Remnant and the older brother of the God of Darkness. He formerly resided in the Domain of Light.

Appearance

In his humanoid form, the God of Light appears as a tall, naked, humanoid male with a crown of antlers upon his head. His complexion is a softly glowing light gold, his build is muscular and his face devoid of features.

In his draconic form, while his complexion remains the same, his horns become whiter, longer, and more streamlined and his voice deepens considerably. His body is long and serpentine, like that of a real-world Eastern traditional dragon. He possesses a long mane of golden hair that runs the length of his body, forming a plume at the tip of his tail as well as rather extensive facial hair that terminates in two feathery tipped whiskers. In this form, his eyes appear to emanate a pure, white glow.

Personality

The God of Light is wise, patient and utterly committed to maintaining the balance that he and his brother established when they created Humanity together. However, while he attempts to show kindness and empathy to those who come before him, he ultimately remains firm in his resolve to uphold order above all else, such as when he kills Ozma upon the hero's resurrection at the hands of his brother and shows anger at his sibling for breaking the rules they both agreed upon.

When pushed, he is not above dispensing what he considers to be poetic justice, such as cursing Salem with immortality for her arrogance and disregard for the balance between life and death. Despite this, he remains predisposed to diplomacy, preferring to talk things out rather than resort to violence as a first resort when faced with conflict. However, he does have his limits, as he did not prevent his brother from wiping out of all Humanity when they rebelled against them, although he did turn away to avoid looking at the process, suggesting great reluctance at his brother's cataclysmic attack.

He respects the finite limits of life, refusing to revive Ozma, beseeching Salem to let him rest. The God of Light also loved Remnant, considering it to be a "beautiful experiment", granting Ozma the chance to reincarnate in a mission to redeem Humanity, showing the deity's inability to detach himself from his creation.

Much like his creations, he is prone to using body language when conversing in his humanoid form such as hand gestures and cocking his brows during his conversation with Ozma when he first proposed the offer of reincarnation to the hero. This is likely an attempt to better communicate, as he has been shown to be less than objective regarding his interactions with Humanity.

At his core, however, the God of Light is willing to drop all mannerisms of patience and "justice" to ultimately uphold balance and order, no matter how cruel he has to be to accomplish this and will even take it to the extreme, such as cursing Salem to spite her even further despite having already killed her beloved and restored "balance". Also, despite the care he shows for his creations, he has no problem with wiping out Humanity for the second and last time if they don't live up to his expectations.

The Two Brothers reveals more of the God of Light's personality; in the fable, the God and his brother both thought they were the original brother, butting heads but ultimately only feeling complete when they were with one another. The God of Light took on the role of the elder brother, as he was frequently mimicked by his sibling. The God of Light saw Humanity as a creation to empathize with, unlike his brother who saw them as playthings. As a result, the God of Light was overprotective of mankind, going so far as blessing them when his sibling plagued them. When the God of Light discovered his sibling was making more Grimm behind the God of Light's back, he gifted them with a secret power to aid them in the combat against the Creatures of Grimm.

Myth

The Animal God

In the Fairy Tales of The Shallow Sea and The Judgment of Faunus, The God of Animals is a shapeshifting Faunus deity appearing in creation myths of Remnant. However, the god's existence is questionable as to whether it is true, but they are described in The Shallow Sea as having ram horns when revealing themselves and having branching horns in The Judgement of Faunus, indicating they may be the Brothers in disguise.

The Two Brothers

The Two Brothers is a fairy tale detailing more information on the Brother Gods. As detailed in the story, in the beginning of time, a lone Dragon traveled the universe in search of other beings like himself. Overcome with loneliness, the Dragon decided to create one himself. Despite being all powerful, even the Dragon had to split its magic in half – into two symmetrical forms, one of light and the other of shadow. Each side thought one was the original and the other was the copy. Despite different personalities, they were ever only complete when they were together.

The events of the fairy tale play out similarly to the Brother Gods' story from then, with the notable exclusion of Salem's role in their departure of the world and the fact that they become continents of Remnant rather than abandoning it.

Powers and Abilities

The God of Light creates the four Relics.

As a being with abilities that transcend multiple plains of existence, the true power of the God of Light has yet to be seen. As a being that represents creation, he is naturally attuned to its forces.

He presumably shares his brother's ability to create and resurrect souls from the afterlife, as his refusal to bring back Ozma was a matter of principle over power. He also shares in his brother's powers of teleportation, energy and matter manipulation, shapeshifting, flight in dragon form, immense physical strength and powers of creation.

He is able to alter the nature of a soul to enter the afterlife, as was the case with Ozma, who he burdened with the task of redeeming Humanity by reincarnating without end in order to do so, and Salem, who he cursed with immortality, making it impossible for her to die, even if her body is completely destroyed.

The God of Light is also a skilled sorcerer, able to create the four Relics, each with a quality that embodies the four gifts of Humanity from the Gods. His inanimate creations tend to sport ornate designs yet thus far appear to carry a spark of life all on their own, such as Jinn and Ambrosius, the spirits that reside within the Relics of Knowledge and Creation.

He is believed to be the originator of the Silver Eyes, as he was shown capable of obliterating his brother's Grimm with a very similar white light as them.

Trivia

Allusion

  • He and his brother both allude to the the Brothers Grimm, who are often thought to have created the classic fairy tales.

Miscellaneous

  • In Live From Remnant it was joked that after abandoning Remnant he and his brother went to make their own planet with Blackjack and hookers, which is a reference to the animated show Futurama.

References

Characters
RWBY/Justice League
Minor Characters
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