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Why hello again old man. Did you have a question for me?
—Jinn

Jinn is a spirit that resides in the Relic of Knowledge. She can be summoned by the user calling out her name, at which point Jinn can answer three questions every one hundred years.

She first appears in "Uncovered", and a statue of her at Haven is seen in "The More the Merrier".

Appearance

Jinn's appearance is that of a being similar in appearance to a Human, but much larger. Her skin is light blue and glows, the same as the Relic of Knowledge. She has elongated, pointed ears, and lacks some Human anatomy. She also has long, flowing dark blue hair. Her eyes are dark blue in the sclerae and pupils and a lighter blue in the irises. Trailing below her waist is a veil of a wisp-like smoke resembling the skirt of a dress.

Jinn appears nude-like and wears only various accessories, all of which are gold: a chain headdress, big hooped earrings, an extra earring in the right ear, a choker, cuffs on her wrists with chains dangling from them like broken shackles, a single bracelet on her left forearm, anklets, and a belt of chains around her waist that ends in a large ring with three prongs. Her accessories aesthetically derive from the Relic of Knowledge. Both the choker and the anklets are shaped like the band wrapped around the Relic's orb and the rings in Jinn's ears and belt look similar to the Relic's handle.

Personality

Jinn is a wise, humble yet blunt and straightforward being, answering questions and not holding back on any of the knowledge she presents. She appears to be playful or nostalgic, calling Ozpin 'old man' when she sees him and finding some humor in Ruby Rose's idea to use her for borrowed time, though stated that she would not allow it again. As seen from when she was fine with not being asked a question when Oscar Pine summoned her for Hazel Rainart and him later stating he no longer had to ask a question, as her appearance confirmed what he wished to know, Jinn has no problem with being asked to appear as long as it is in the pursuit of knowledge.

It is also clear that she is not bound to any specific person or cause, ignoring Ozpin's pleads for her to be silent and later assisting Cinder Fall despite knowing full well what the latter intended to do with the knowledge she obtains from her.

Powers and Abilities

Jinn is a powerful being created by the God of Light, and though the full extent of her powers are unknown, it is clear she is an omniscient keeper of knowledge and secrets. She knows the answer to any question and knows any secret or knowledge that other people possess or have witnessed, such as Oscar being the current incarnation of Ozma.

She also appears to be able to transport others into another dimension which she can freely control and shape at will in order to show her users visions or memories from the past. However, she cannot answer questions about the future - only present or past knowledge. Jinn is also able to know if a person has a question for her. Upon being summoned, time stops, with the exception of the user and Jinn herself. She implies she has some degree of control over being summoned, as she alludes to not allowing herself to be "used" unless the user intends to ask a question.

Trivia

Allusion

  • Jinn (الجن al-jinn, also romanized as "djinn"; commonly anglicized as "genies") are supernatural creatures in early pre-Islamic Arabian and later Islamic mythology. The greatest magicians in Arabic lore were able to capture djinn to their service and tied them to items such as lamps or rings. The Djinn granted wishes to whoever helped them out of gratitude. Both these aspects were popularized by the folk tale of "Aladdin and the Magic Lamp", featured in One Thousand and One Nights, where a poor boy finds an oil lamp in which a wish-granting jinni was concealed.
    • "Jinn" is plural. A single member of the jinn is called a "jinni" (الجني al-jinnī, also romanized as "djinni"; commonly anglicized as "genie")

Character&Design

  • The Grand Hall in Haven Academy, where the Relic of Knowledge was hidden, includes a statue representing Jinn. The statue itself acts as a hidden elevator to the Vault where the Relic is hidden.
  • A CRWBY: Behind the Episode segment focused on Jinn's creation, noting her character was meant to be ethereal, hence her floating, her hair always moving and her "dress" made out of smoke.[1]
    • They also mention that the jewelry portion of her design was influenced by both the Haven Academy statue and the Relic of Knowledge that contains her.
  • According to character concept art, Jinn is approximately 12 feet tall, which makes her the tallest female in the series. Only Ambrosius stand taller than her, at 13'0 feet.
  • Jinn was meant to be an objective outside observer, but also a storyteller.[2]

References

  1. CRWBY: Behind the Episode
  2. RWBY Volume 6 Blu-ray Director's Commentary
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