For the weapon with a similar name, see Ember Celica.
You can stick with me if you’re afraid to be on your own out here, just don’t get in my way.
—Octavia to Velvet

Octavia Ember[1] is a member of Team NDGO and a student from Shade Academy. Octavia and her team are defeated by Team SSSN in a first round match of the Vytal Festival Tournament in the episode "New Challengers..." of RWBY Volume 3.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

Octavia is a young woman with fair/lightly tanned skin, brick red hair left loose with swept fringe to the right and olive green eyes.

She wears a teal blue waistcoat with two long tails and dark brown strapless top. A cropped sleeveless vest of the same color is worn over the top and waistcoat. Her skirt is pale green graduates to a cream with a zigzagged pointed hem accompanied with an open front layer that graduates from brown to light brown. She wears a pair of navy belts crossed in the front and back and a pair of sky blue layered spaulders, held in place by a dark brown leather strap across her chest. Her shoes are a pair of simple, navy blue ankle boots with folded over top and brick red lining. She also has a navy blue chocker.

Personality[edit | edit source]

Octavia has a stoic and cold personality, being more mature than most others and becoming unmoved and uninterested in others as Vacuo’s culture prioritizes survival. She is rude and blunt, holding resentment towards the other kingdoms. Octavia was amongst the students who mercilessly harassed newcomers to Shade Academy after Beacon fell, entirely unimpressed by them.

Octavia is seemingly a morally flexible person, as shown by her second mission with Team NOVA, in which she and Nebula use children trainees as bait for the Grimm, leading to them sustaining minor injuries. When scolded by Arslan Altan and Velvet Scarlatina, she shrugs them off. She is also a coward, having fled the Battle of Beacon with her team.

Nonetheless, Octavia is shown to still have some heroic traits, being willing to work with those she has a disliking towards without any complaints and showing that she still respects teamwork. She also gives Velvet a chance to prove herself in the Shade Academy Initiation.

Octavia, like many natives to Vacuo, also possess a ruthless, vicious view on life. This is seen during her apparent attempt to kill Carmine Esclados without hesitance when the opportunity presented itself to her and felt no remorse due to believing that during a battle against an enemy opponent, it was always important to go for the kill whenever the chance presented itself.

History[edit | edit source]

In Vacuo's desert, Octavia's clan had once sheltered in one of the Dust quarries once during a sandstorm, which proved to have been a huge mistake. They’d stumbled across a nest of Blind Worms. Because of the high walls, there was no escape, and one-third of the family had died. She later enrolled into Shade Academy to become a Huntress.[2]

Octavia and her team are students at Shade Academy, from the kingdom of Vacuo. Her team journeyed to participate in the 40th Vytal Festival combat tournament, hosted by the kingdom of Vale, but were defeated by Team SSSN in the team round of the tournament. As the Fall of Beacon took place, Octavia and her team ran away from the danger, abandoning the school and people in order to save themselves, retuning home to Vacuo.[3]

Roughly one year later, after Beacon and Haven Academy students, Octavia and her team were amongst some of the more harsh students to the new transfers, harassing and tormenting them over being unable to defend their home.[4]

Octavia participated in the Shade Academy Initiation, declared by Theodore to reshuffle teams. There, she saves Velvet from a rough fall in the desert's chasm, and the two begrudgingly partner up, in which Octavia explains how the Dust quarries drained Vacuo of its resources, leaving the citizens to fend for themselves. She also tells Velvet about her past experiences in Vacuo, of how part of her clan died to the Grimm.

In the chasm, the two find the golden palm tree trinket, and recover it. Velvet and Octavia are attacked by a colony of Ravagers, and are saved by Sun with an airbus, as the two had been the last to collect their trinkets. The Ravagers' sonic screams reshape the terrain as they escape.[5]

After the shuffling of teams, Octavia is assigned to Team NOVA, and the team is eventually sent on a mission to Coquina to fix a CCT relay tower while also clearing the area of the Grimm. NOVA is instructed to also guide a group of students from Oscuro Academy, including August Caspian, and show them how to be Huntsmen. Octavia, however, uses the children as bait to draw out the Grimm, which led to them being slightly injured and scared by the incident. When Arslan and Velvet scold her for this, Octavia retorts it was strategy and ignores them.[6]

Later, when Team ROSC is pinned by the Grimm in the Wastelands, Fox Alistair arrives with a support group consisting of Octavia, Sage Ayana, and Nolan Porfirio. The group helps clear out the Grimm, and discovers the Crown Bunker beneath the sand. Inside, the group sees Gillian Asturias and Rosa Schwein prepare The Crown's army, ready for war. At the sheer number of people, the group makes a retreat back to Shade Academy without being spotted.[7]

During the Battle of Shade, Octavia joins Velvet and Sun Wukong in returning to the Crown's bunker in trying to find Gillian and Carmine Esclados. As Sun decides to help the Aura vessels in the bunker, Octavia and Velvet find Carmine and Gillian. Carmine begins to engage them, but Gillian orders her to find a way out. As Carmine begins to carve a new tunnel, she comes across a large, natural fire Dust crystal, and to her horror, Octavia uses her kris to cause an explosion inside the bunker, burying Carmine, Velvet, and Octavia herself under the debris.[8]

Sun and Bertilak Celadon find Octavia and Velvet in the rubble, and save them. When they go outside, Bertilak decides to begin hunting Carmine, telling Octavia that her explosion wouldn't have killed her. He takes his leave, and the three Huntsmen return to help defend Shade.[9]

Powers and Abilities[edit | edit source]

Octavia fights using a kris, loaded with fire Dust, which is capable of creating fiery shockwaves that can also kick up dirt to blind enemies. She is also able to load her kris with Gravity Dust.

During the match she was unable to counter Sun Wukong's attacks in spite of her abilities, and was knocked out by a kick to the head followed by a quick succession of hits from his nunchaku.

Semblance[edit | edit source]

Octavia skates across the sand.

Octavia’s Semblance is Sandskating, which allows her to slide across sand at extreme speeds in a burst. This is showcased in her battle with Team SSSN in the Vytal Festival, where she easily glides through the desert biome, outpacing other fighters with ease.[10]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Octavia is the name of a species of raspberries, rubus idaeus. Raspberries are magenta/red in color.
  • "Ember" is also the name used for pieces of coal or wood that are in a smoldering state, which brings to mind fiery colors.
  • Octavia and the rest of Team NDGO were created by a group of fans who backed Rooster Teeth's Lazer Team Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign. Octavia is voiced by her creator Claire Hogan, and is listed as "Team NDGO Character Consultant" in the credits of the episode.[11]

References[edit | edit source]

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