- For the Hermit incarnation, see Wizard/History.
- For the Ruler incarnation, see King of Vale/History.
- For the Headmaster incarnation, see Ozpin/History.
- For the current incarnation, see Oscar Pine/History.
|Ozma vs. Salem||"The Lost Fable"||Killed|
|Ozma vs. Unnamed Warrior||RWBY: Fairy Tales of Remnant||Killed|
Ozma was born in an age where Humanity lived alongside their creators, the God of Light and God of Darkness, and all Humans could wield Magic. He was described by Jinn as a great warrior that fought only for righteousness, and he was courageous and pure of heart. One day, Ozma set out on a quest to save a lone woman named Salem, who was locked away in a great tower. After the two escaped together, they fell in love and planned to spend the rest of their lives with each other traveling the world and going on adventures. However, Ozma soon fell ill and succumbed to his sickness.
Heartbroken and angry, Salem traveled to the Domain of Light where the God of Light dwelled. There, she pleaded with him to resurrect her love, but he refused. Desperate for help, she then traveled to the lair of the God of Darkness, explaining her plight and taking care not to mention her visit with his elder brother. Pleased with her apparent loyalty, the God of Darkness rewarded her by bringing Ozma back from the dead, who responded to his sudden resurrection with great distress and confusion. However, at that moment, the God of Light intervened and returned Ozma to the afterlife to preserve balance, only for his brother to revive him again. Salem had turned the Gods against each other, and as such the God of Darkness destroyed Ozma once more as punishment.
As Salem led the people of the world against the Gods, Ozma rested in the afterlife. After the Gods destroyed Humanity and abandoned the planet now known as Remnant, the God of Light offered Ozma the chance to return to the land of the living to act as a guide and protector for the new Humans. He also charged Ozma with protecting the newly-created Relics, powerful artifacts that once united would summon the Gods back to Remnant to judge Humanity. The God of Light explained that until Ozma's task was complete, he would reincarnate by joining his soul with that of another like-minded individual to ensure he would never be alone. Ozma accepted and returned to the world in a new incarnation.
The Pretend God
Upon his return, Ozma took over a man in the midst of a Grimm attack. The man was confused and lost but used Ozma's knowledge to defend himself. Afterwards, Ozma traveled and was met with an unfamiliar world. Cities were different, a race known as the Faunus shared the planet with Humanity and magic was nothing more than a myth. After hearing talk of a "Witch", Ozma traveled to a secluded cottage where he found and reunited with Salem.
The two reconnected, though Ozma kept his deal with the God of Light and the existence of the Relics a secret. Salem convinced Ozma that as the only two magic-wielders left, they could act as gods and could create a paradise the Gods never could. Together, they used their abilities to unite Humanity, created a prosperous Kingdom and started a family.
As Salem's methods became more brutal and her disdain for the new Humans became apparent, Ozma began to show doubts. After discovering that their daughters were capable of wielding magic, Ozma revealed his secrets to Salem, who stated that instead of trying to redeem Humanity, they should instead replace them with their own magical line. Ozma, realizing that his wife was no longer the woman he fell in love with, attempted to escape with their daughters in the night, but was caught by Salem.
The two fought a ferocious battle, destroying their home and claiming the lives of their children in the process. Salem flipped Ozma on his stomach after he tried crawling to safety and stomped a foot on his chest. She condemned him for choosing his promise to the Gods over their family and burned him alive. Thus the millennia-long feud between the two began.
The Infinite Man
After being allowed rest in a town for defending villagers from the creatures of Grimm, Ozma was questioned by the townsfolk about his powerful abilities which a young girl deemed to be magic. Ozma confirmed his own magical powers and immortality to the group, likening it as a never-ending circle of life and death. That night, Ozma tried to sneak away from their town to avoid being made a deity due to his previous failures, but was followed by the girl and other townsfolk, who pledged their allegiance to Ozma as apprentices.
The group would travel throughout Remnant aiding those in peril, with word traveled fast about its existence and more people wishing to join. The collective began the call themselves The Circle, in reference to Ozma's immortality much to his dismay, mastering Aura and Semblances. During this time, the girl would grow a close friendship with Ozma, becoming his most trusted follower.
At one point, The Circle was betrayed by one of their members, who poisoned Ozma and escaped in order to discover if he was truly immortal. In his deathbed, Ozma told the young girl who inspired The Circle to let him die, as he was "just a man, and not even a very good one," a phrase which he would repeat often.
Following his death, Ozma would later return in a new body, finding that the young girl was now a middle-aged woman and that The Circle had expanded even further, having settled and formed a town also referred to as Circle. The group would send people to help others and bring back new followers, to create gods amongst men by training their abilities. Ozma was convinced to stay by the woman, which would later prove to be a mistake.
Eventually, Circle was invaded by a group of warriors who attacked the settlement. A warrior stepped forward to face Ozma, wishing to finally face a god. There, Ozma told her that gods are much more fallible than she realized, but the warrior insisted that he had no choice in fighting her. During their clash, he asked the warrior if somebody had sent her to kill him, which she doesn't answer. Ozma realized that the fight could continue for a long time and lead to collateral damage, and makes the mistake of choosing to die.
Decades later, Ozma, reincarnated once more, found that The Circle had all been killed except for his close friend, who was now missing an arm and an eye. The woman explained that everyone else was slaughtered, and she laments that she was spared to show the world the folly of placing all their hopes into one man, who she realized was not even a good one. Ozma knew that if she asked who he was, he would not be able to lie to her, as painful as the truth would be. But she didn't, and that hurt him even more. The woman turned to walk away, and he let her go, ending The Circle.
Throughout several incarnations, Ozma often tried to forget the horrors of his past through seclusion and drinking. Eventually, his mind would turn back to the task he was given and learned to live alongside the souls he joined with. At least one of his incarnations had a family and it was during this time that he built The Long Memory.
Later, Ozma sought out the Relic of Knowledge and asked Jinn how he could destroy Salem, only to be told that he could not, leading him to lose hope.
Years later, Ozma secluded himself from society and lived in a small house. He was eventually visited by four young women who reignited his motivation for living. He repaid them by giving them a large amount of his magical power and they became the first Maidens.
King of Vale
Thousands of years later, Ozma was reincarnated as the King of Vale, one of the four leaders of the Kingdoms of Remnant. During this incarnation, Ozma was involved in a significant conflict that would later be referred to as the Great War, which pitted Vale and Vacuo against Mistral and Mantle. The war lasted ten years, and was finally resolved in Vacuo, when Mistral and Mantle attempted to take the Kingdom's Dust mines to cut off Vale and Vacuo's supply. In the ensuing battle, Ozma personally led his army alongside Vacuo's, where he laid waste to countless men, thus earning him the nickname the Warrior King.
In the aftermath, the leaders of the four Kingdoms gathered on the island of Vytal to discuss the future of Remnant. It was here that Ozma founded the Huntsman Academies, which were designed to train warriors that would solely fight the Grimm. He also placed his most trusted followers in command of each school. In reality, their actual purpose was to safeguard the Relics, which he distributed to each School.
Ozma's second-most-recent incarnation and the one most relevant to the plot of RWBY was Professor Ozpin, the Headmaster of Beacon Academy. By this point, Ozma had created a network of agents to assist in his war against Salem, including Glynda Goodwitch, James Ironwood, Leonardo Lionheart, Professor Theodore, and several more, such as Team STRQ.
After his death at the Battle of Beacon, Ozma's soul joined with that of Oscar Pine, a farm boy from Mistral. Ozma and Oscar's souls have not yet fully combined and there is some animosity between the two at first, with Oscar showing distrust and contempt towards his predecessor on several occasions.
After retrieving the Relic of Knowledge during the Battle of Haven, Ozma begins the journey with Qrow, Team RWBY and what remains of Team JNPR to Atlas to secure the Relic. It is on this journey that Jinn, at the request of Ruby, reveals the truth of Ozma's past to his allies. With the full history revealed, Ozma withdraws deep into Oscar's mind where Oscar cannot find him, emerging only once to assist Oscar in landing a damaged Manta.
He later returns to aid Oscar once more, briefly taking over to prevent the latter from passing out as they fall down the Atlas Vault. After landing safely in Mantle, Ozma attempts to apologize, only for Oscar to stop him and ask how they can save Atlas next.