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The Relic of Knowledge is one of the four Relics created by the God of Light. It has the power to summon Jinn, who can answer three questions every one hundred years. It is commonly referred to as the Lamp.
The Relic takes the shape of a golden ornamented lamp with a blue sphere in the middle. Its size can shift according to the user, keeping the same ratio.
The Relic of Knowledge attracts nearby Grimm to it.
The Relic of Knowledge has the ability to summon Jinn, who can answer only three questions every one hundred years. These questions can be about anything so long as they don't pertain to the future. It also stops time around Jinn and the user.
When brought together with the other Relics, it has the power to summon The Gods.
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Hidden in Haven
Prior to the start of the series, the Relic was used by Ozma in order to inquire on how to destroy Salem, only to be told that he can't. It was eventually hidden in the Haven Vault under Haven Academy by Ozma where it was kept, until Salem's forces attempted to take it in the Battle of Haven.
Travels Across Anima
Following the Battle of Haven, Ruby's Group held the Relic in the Mistral Apartment for two weeks, where Ozpin explained its properties to the group, claiming all the questions the Relic could answer had been used up. Having planned to take the Relic to Atlas, where it could be secured and kept away from Salem, the group began to make their way to the kingdom through Argus, boarding the Argus Limited. However, during a Grimm attack, Ozpin was forced to reveal the creatures' attraction towards it, and the train was subsequentially derailed.
Ozpin, desperate to hold on to the Relic, attempted to stop Ruby Rose from holding onto it, only to be stopped by Oscar Pine, who informed Ruby how to awaken Jinn. Ozpin begs Ruby not to ask anything, but Ruby asks what Ozpin is hiding from them. Ozpin rushes at Ruby, but before he can touch her, Jinn takes them to individual alternate planes with which she can answer the question, revealing the truth about Ozpin and Salem's past, and history of the first Humanity.
Following this, the group took the Relic to the Brunswick Farms, quickly leaving the next morning after realizing the area was infested by the Apathy. They arrive in Argus shortly after, where Ruby's group plans to hijack a Manta airship to get into Atlas, entering a battle with Caroline Cordovin. During this, Jinn later makes another appearance when Ruby summons her after failing to channel her Silver-Eyed powers. The former, acknowledges the young girl's clever strategy to summon her to buy more time, and allows her a free summon just this once. However, she warns her she will not allow her to summon her again without a question.
Following the scuffle with Cordovin and an encounter with Adam Taurus, the group safely made it to Atlas' borders.
Upon arrival, Ruby's Group was ambushed by the Ace Operatives in Mantle, where Clover Ebi took ahold of the Relic from Ruby, eventually handing it over to James Ironwood. After handling the miscommunication between Ironwood's Group and Ruby's Group, James returned it to Ruby. Later, when Team RWBY and Team JNPR went on a mission to the Schnee Dust Company Mine #2, Ruby gave the Lamp to Oscar, claiming it'd be safer with him.
Later during the Mantle evacuations, Neopolitan attacks Oscar with the intent of stealing the Lamp. Despite interference by Team JNR, Neo successfully escapes with the Lamp and gives it to Cinder Fall.
Afterwards, the two take an airship to Monstra, where Cinder presents the Lamp to Salem and takes credit for stealing it, upsetting Neo. Salem would later send The Hound after Oscar so he can show her how to activate the Lamp.
When The Hound returns with Oscar, she questions him on the password for the Lamp. When he lies and says it is out of questions, she tortures him with an energy beam, before leaving him to be beaten by Hazel Rainart.
In order to prove to Hazel that he is telling the truth about Salem's true goal, Oscar gives him the password to the Lamp, telling him to find the truth for himself. He later returns and drags Oscar to the room holding the Relic and tells him to use it, stating that if he lied and took the password to Salem, the punishment would fall on his head before him. Afterwards, Emerald Sustrai enters the room, wondering what the two are doing, however instead of answering, Oscar activates the Lamp.
When Jinn is summoned, the appearance alone convinces Hazel that Oscar was telling the truth without asking Jinn a question. Hazel resolves to get Oscar and Emerald out of Monstra. When Oscar desires to take the Lamp with them, Hazel refutes by saying that the moment the Lamp is removed the place will be on high alert. Unknowingly, they were unaware of Neopolitan hiding with her Semblance and observing their entry into the Relic's room the entire time.
After Salem captures the group trying to escape, she interrogates Emerald, asking what she did with the Lamp as it was missing. Emerald replies that she does not know. However, Salem is unconvinced, and intends on torturing her for the truth, but is stopped by Hazel, who goes to fight her to insure the group can escape.
It was later revealed that Neopolitan took the Lamp and used Emerald and Hazel's defection in order to cover her own tracks as she escaped in order to pursue her own agenda. Neo then used the Lamp and the password as leverage to force Cinder into helping her get her revenge as per their original agreement.
Cinder uses the Lamp and summons Jinn to learn what Ruby's Group was planning, upon which she was shown the plans to create a central location to evacuate all of Atlas and Mantle's citizens to Vacuo. In addition, she learned of Emerald's betrayal. Following a lengthy battle in the central location, She returns to Salem and gives the Lamp to her.
- The symbol of each Kingdom appears to correspond to the Relic hidden at its Huntsman Academy. The Relic of Knowledge takes the form of a lamp and was situated in Mistral, whose insignia forms a stylized lantern.
- Just as Jinn is based off of the genie, the Relic of Knowledge is based off of the genie lamp.
- Although there are rules to the Relics, they are not hardcoded. So long as you follow the intent, even if its not the letter, they will still give you what you want.
- Despite there being many speculations about how the last question would be used, the writers stated that they simply chose Cinder at a whim because it would be frustrating for those wanting to get some other final question, and that it fits her personality to use it selfishly.
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