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Mantle is a city in the Kingdom of Atlas, located on the northern continent of Solitas. It is the former capital of the now-defunct Kingdom of Mantle, now known as the Kingdom of Atlas. It is located under the floating island of Atlas city.
The city is situated on the landmass of Solitas. It is located on the edge of a giant crater that most likely formerly housed the flying island of Atlas. Tethers connect Mantle to flying city.
The city is dense and industrial. A gray fog covers the city, giving everything a darker tone. Many signs and billboards hang on the tall buildings.
Originally founded by settlers who traveled north, the kingdom of Mantle was well-protected from the Grimm due to the harsh, cold conditions. The climate's hostility also forced the people of Mantle to adapt quickly in order to survive and led to the development of new Dust technologies.
During the Great War, Mantle accelerated the pace of its technological innovation, developing new weapons and applications of Dust, giving them an edge during the conflict. Large tracts of land were set aside for Dust mining and research. The Kingdom was also home to at least one combat school, Alsius, located to the northeast of the main settlement. The territory surrounding Alsius was used as a research and development facility during the war.
After the war, Alsius was reopened under the name Atlas Academy and was secretly given a Relic to safeguard. In an attempt to give back to its citizens, Mantle applied many of the techniques and technologies used in the war to enhance the Huntsman Academy's campus, expanding the school grounds and even securing the surrounding areas. Along with the eventual establishment and merging of the military and research facilities with the government and schools, the original capital of Mantle was overshadowed. The decision was made to move the capital to Atlas, and the Kingdom as a whole was also accordingly renamed to Atlas.
Mantle, as former capital, appears to have subsequently fallen on hard times as alluded in Word of Remnant: Atlas. During the charity concert in "Tipping Point", guests converse with Jacques Schnee about the economic disparity between the cities of Atlas and Mantle. At the same time, they discuss Faunus-Human relations; it is implied that a significant portion of Faunus live in the poorer city of Mantle and are economically disadvantaged themselves. The Schnee Dust Company, among others, promised those who moved to the city of Atlas jobs, though it is implied that this is not working out as well as the immigrants would have hoped.
- While the main four Kingdoms are represented by a distinct color, Mantle appears to have more than one color associated with it. In the RWBY: World of Remnant episodes "Atlas" and "Vacuo", representatives of Mantle are generally color-coded as dark gray-blue (distinct from the more saturated blue of Mistral) but the first settlers of the land are also shown as both white and blue-green. In earlier World of Remnant episodes, they were color-coded white, the same color that represents the successor state of Atlas.
- Mantle can refer to the region of the earth's interior between the crust and the core, an important role or responsibility that passes from one person to another and it also refers to a loose sleeveless cloak or shawl.
- In Remnant: The Game, units from Mantle have a repair time of only one turn under certain conditions.