Shade Academy is a Huntsman Academy of the Kingdom of Vacuo. Students from Shade participate in the biennial Vytal Festival combat tournament. The academy's Headmaster is Professor Theodore.

History[edit | edit source]

Shade Academy was founded in the Kingdom of Vacuo following the end of the Great War in order to train Huntsmen and Huntresses to slay the Creatures of Grimm. According to Qrow Branwen, it is the only real source of order in the Kingdom due to the lack of a formal government.

Eighty years after the Great War, students from Shade Academy participated in the 40th Vytal Festival, including teams BRNZ and NDGO.

After the Fall of Beacon, Team CFVY transferred to Shade.[1] Likewise, following the attack on Haven, Team SSSN transferred there as well.

The Academy is attacked by The Crown, but the students and staff are able to defend it from being toppled, and incarcerate the criminal organization.

Descriptions[edit | edit source]

Students[edit | edit source]

Local students are shown to be resentful towards other kingdoms, only begrudgingly accepting people from Beacon. When Theodore opened Shade Academy to more students from fallen academies, an uproar was caused by current attendees. In addition, they saw students who had transferred as weak. Shade Academy is shown to have much less camaraderie than at Beacon, students do not have much help from others. The idea of praise is seemingly absent and replaced with survival. [2]

Vacuan students are also shown to be extremely rude towards the students who had transferred from other academies, harassing them without any fear of punishment. They are trained to be able to fight until all their Aura is depleted, showing no mercy or weakness. The students generally have a positive view of their headmaster, cheering for him during assemblies.

Classes[edit | edit source]

Shade classes begin early in the morning, with Professor Xanthe Rumpole teaching an 8am history class and Rowena Sunnybrook teaching weapons training in the sandpit arena.

Dress Code[edit | edit source]

Uniquely among the main four Huntsman academies, Shade appears to lack a uniform. At Ozpin's speech, students from Shade are seen wearing a range of casual clothes.

Campus[edit | edit source]

Architecture[edit | edit source]

Like the city of Vacuo itself, Shade Academy is packed in a lot—vertically—with classrooms and academic spaces in three tiers, and Headmaster Theodore's office at the apex, which also housed the CCT transmitter. Shade Academy, and Theodore himself, were the center of everything in Vacuo—holding it all together. [3]

Theodore's Office[edit | edit source]

Theodore's Office is a large space, led by two large doors in the center of the room. The office has various portraits of members of Ozpin's Group and people dear to Theodore, including:

Since Theodore met Team CFVY, the portraits of Lionheart and Ironwood had been taken down, and Ozpin's portrait had a crack on it after Theodore punched a wall in the room, leaving a crater in its wake.

Rumpole's Office[edit | edit source]

Xanthe Rumpole's office is described as closest thing to a museum in Vacuo, with pictures and document frames mounted on walls, displays with rocks, ancient weapons, models and dioramas, and yet there wasn't a single thing on her desk to hint at her own history. [4]

Classrooms[edit | edit source]

In Shade, student desks were arranged in a circle around each teacher's desk, placing students and professors on the same level, and theoretically facilitating discussion.[5]

Outer Wall[edit | edit source]

Shade's campus is surrounded by a low guard wall to distinguish its borders. It is unable to defend against Dust, but can defends against normal gunfire.[6]

Meeting Grounds[edit | edit source]

A wide open area on the highest level of Shade, where school assemblies are held. The grounds have an artificial oasis evoking Vacuo's original, tropical nature with dense trees and plant life. [7]

Dorms[edit | edit source]

Dormitories in Shade are notoriously small with little room for students to relax on their own. Each room has a mere 100 square feet to fit an entire team, leaving little space for personal belongings. [8]There is a large Commons for the dorms, which is used as the main meeting spot for the Beacon Brigade.[9]

Sandpit Arena[edit | edit source]

Shade has a large sandpit arena used to train students. The arena has collapsible pedestals in the ground that are hidden by the sand, which can rise up to deliver primal weapons to students. [10]

Courtyard[edit | edit source]

Within Shade's campus, there is a small courtyard with a large fountain at the center.[11]

Shade Academy does not have any lockers, believing that students must carry weapons at all times under the potential threat of danger.[12]

Staff Members[edit | edit source]

Current Staff[edit | edit source]

Known Teams[edit | edit source]

Known Students[edit | edit source]

Graduates[edit | edit source]

Dropouts[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • During the August 21st, 2014 RWBY livestream, Monty Oum forgot the name of Vacuo's Huntsman academy due to being mentally exhausted from the RWBY crunch. To jog his memory, Miles Luna and Kerry Shawcross began miming "shade".[14]
  • As seen with Shade and Oscuro, combat schools in Vacuo seem to be named after darkness and shelter from sunlight.

Image Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

Minor Locations
Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.