The Gods are two immensely powerful beings that created Remnant. They are two brothers, the older being the God of Light and the younger being the God of Darkness. The God of Light created forces of life, while the God of Darkness created agents of death, including the Creatures of Grimm. At one point, they compromised to end their brotherly feud and created Humanity together.
However, when Salem confronted the Gods to bring her lost lover, Ozma, back to life and was denied, she traveled to different Kingdoms across the world and lied to the inhabitants saying she managed to cheat immortality off the gods. She also claimed if they helped her, they could do the same, when in reality she simply wanted to get rid of her curse and/or to make the Gods suffer for messing with her life.
Salem led an army of avaricious humans to the older brother's domain where the two brothers were confronted by her and her army, who attempted to use their magic to attack them, only for the God of Darkness to simply harness it and use it to kill every human on the planet, except for the immortal Salem and both brothers expressed disappointment in their "failed experiment" being a remnant of what it once was before leaving, with the God of Darkness shattering the Moon as he left.
As Humanity, and now the Faunus, reemerge, this time without magic or the guidance of the gods, the God of Light brought Ozma's soul back through reincarnation to use the four Relics to reunite humanity and prove they have redeemed themselves so the gods will make them whole again, otherwise the gods will see humanity as irredeemable and wipe them out for good this time, along with the planet itself.
The Gods are translucent humanoid beings with featureless faces. Both also can transform into Dragons.
The God of Light is tall, yellow and muscular with deer antlers on his head. His dragon form is a large golden Eastern dragon with a heavenly glow.
The God of Darkness is lean, purple and slender and has ram horns on his heads. His dragon form is a large purple Western dragon with skeletal features.
Both are wise and powerful beings who believe in a balance and maintaining order, though the two were originally at war with each other, creating and destroying whatever they wished. They eventually came to an agreement and created mankind together as to mark the start of their deal. However, they clearly were not as wise or intelligent as mankind believed as Salem found they could be manipulated into turning against each other and that they didn't seem to realize the chaos and folly that would happen by cursing the grief-stricken and vindictive Salem with immortality.
The God of Light is shown to be humble, soft-spoken yet strict and temperamental. He believes in upholding the balance and will not break said balance under any condition, despite sympathizing with Salem. He is also shown to be passive, not wanting to fight his brother and wanting to resolve things peacefully.
The God of Darkness is a destructive and spiteful being who enjoys destruction and darkness, though longs to be worshiped and praised like his brother even after their agreement was made. He is shown to be a bit gullible as he was fooled by Salem's word and even broke his deal with his brother simply because he believed someone was worshiping him, but he quickly corrected his mistake afterwards.
The two both expressed disappointment when Salem manipulated mankind into rebelling against them and simply let Remnant fall into the hands of Humanity.
Despite their differences, the two brothers are quite loyal to one another, as the God of Light wished for no more conflict between them, and the God of Darkness arrived swiftly at his brother's side during Salem's rebellion.
Powers and Abilities
The Gods are nigh-omnipotent entities of immense power and knowledge. The two created Remnant and Humanity together as well as their own individual creations. The two together are basically invincible and have no actual weaknesses besides being fallible and manipulated by certain people. The two also created the Four Relics, which are the manifestations of Creation, Destruction, Knowledge and Choice, and each Relic is immensely powerful on its own.
The God of Light possesses immense creation and light-based powers, responsible for creating life, animals and the elements. He can use powerful waves of light to incinerate others and can transform into a dragon. He is also capable of erasing others, as shown when he erased Ozma body after his brother resurrected him. He also can grant others immortality by bathing them in his fountain of life, resurrect the dead and can cause one's soul to reincarnate every time they die, as he did with Ozma. When threatened, he transformed into an Eastern dragon.
The God of Darkness possesses immense destruction and darkness-based powers, destroying and erasing his brother's creations and twisted them into nightmarish versions of themselves. He is responsible for creating the creatures of Grimm and the pools they spawn from, allowing him to command and control them as well. He can use dark energy for powerful blasts and waves which can destroy anything they hit or shield others from his brother's powers, shown when he destroyed all of mankind and blasted a hole in the moon. He is also capable of resurrecting the dead, as he did with Ozma. When threatened, he transformed into an Western dragon.
Both Gods are able to manipulate matter and energy, are able to interact with entities through multiple planes of existence, including the afterlife, and are able to use their abilities with pinpoint precision. The God of Darkness was able to wipe out all of Humanity (except the immortal Salem) without harming any other form of life on a global scale.
- The Brother Gods and their story were Miles Luna's first big contribution to the planning of RWBY.
- In their dragon forms, the God of Light resembles real-world Eastern dragons while the God of Darkness resembles real-world Western dragons.
- Coincidentally, Eastern dragons are seen as wise and benevolent, while Western dragons are depicted as malevolent and ruthless.
- The colors that the brother gods appear in, gold and purple, are considered symbols of royalty or divinity in many cultures.
- Gold due to its brilliant luster and inability to oxidize and corrode like many other precious metals, and thus has been traditionally considered a perfect metal.
- Purple dye, made by the Phoenicians was considered to be worth its weight in gold due to the difficulty with which the brilliant hue was created, thus becoming a symbol of status, wealth, power and authority.