Life and Death[1] were Maria Calavera's signature weapons. It consisted of a pair of kamas that she used for close-quarters and ranged combat. Her weapons could connect at the tip to form a twin bladed staff. After she lost her eyes, she now uses her single remaining kama as a walking stick.

Description[edit | edit source]

Inactive[edit | edit source]

In their inactive form, the weapons were two wooden canes with purple skulls for handles.

Kama[edit | edit source]

The kama's blade folds, telescopes and tucks away inside the skull head of the cane to change from its inactive mode.

The body of the kama contains two cylindrical pieces of Gravity Dust, and the back of the skull head has a hidden gun barrel. The Gravity Dust can be activated via Aura or a switch on the weapon itself, allowing Maria to manipulate it in mid-air.

This kama was once part of a pair, which could attract each other using their Gravity Dust which Maria used in her fighting style.

Staff[edit | edit source]

The two kama can connect at the tip to form a staff with a blade on each end.

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History[edit | edit source]

Maria used her weapons until Tock broke them. Now she only uses one as a cane.

According to Qrow Branwen, he based the design of the scythe mode of his own weapon, Harbinger, on Life and Death.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Maria's weapon and use of Dust was inspired by the weapons from the God of War reboot as well as the hammer of Marvel's Thor.[2]
  • In Amity Arena, Maria's Cinco de Mayo Outfit completely refashions the weapons as maracas.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. RWBY Rewind 2: Justifying Jaune's Anger (at 19:19)
  2. RWBY Volume 6 Blu-ray Director's Commentary
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