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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 beloved, Ozma, back to life and was denied, she traveled to different Kingdoms across the world, claiming she stole immortality from the Gods and that if they helped her, they could do the same, when in reality she simply wanted to remove her curse, or at the very least make the Gods suffer for what they did.
Salem led an army of avaricious Humans to the Domain of Light where they were confronted by the two brothers. The army launched a barrage of magic at them. However, the God of Darkness simply harnessed it and used it to wipe out every Human on the planet. After Salem regenerated, 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 and gave him the task of reuniting Humanity. He also created the four Relics as a means to summon them back. If Humanity has redeemed itself, the Gods will make them whole again and restore magic amongst them. Otherwise, they will wipe them out for good, along with the planet itself.
Throughout history, the Gods were known by many names and titles. As such, their true names are unknown.
The Animal God
In Fairy Tales of The Shallow Sea and The Judgment of Faunus, The God of Animals is a shapeshifting Faunus deity appearing in creation myths of Remnant. However, the god's existence is questionable as to whether it is true, but they are described in The Shallow Sea as having ram horns when revealing themselves and having branching horns in The Judgement of Faunus, indicating they may be the two Brothers in disguise.
The Two Brothers
The Two Brothers is a fairy tale detailing more information on the Brother Gods. As detailed in the story, in the beginning of time, a lone Dragon traveled the universe in search of other beings like himself. Overcome with loneliness, the Dragon decided to create one himself. Despite being all powerful, even the Dragon had to split its magic in half – into two symmetrical forms, one of light and the other of shadow. Each side thought one was the original and the other was the copy. Despite different personalities, they were ever only complete when they were together.
The events of the fairy tale play out similarly to the Brother Gods' story from then, with the notable exclusion of Salem's role in their departure of the world and the fact that they become continents of Remnant rather than abandoning it.
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 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. He is also capable of erasing others, as shown when he erased Ozma after his brother resurrected him. He also can grant immortality as he did with Salem, resurrect the dead and can cause one's soul to reincarnate every time they die, as he did with Ozma. He also created the four Relics, which are the manifestations of the four gifts to Humanity, and each Relic is immensely powerful on its own. He is capable of transforming 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 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. He is capable of transforming into a 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 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.
- The Gods are inspired by the gods of Greek Mythology.
- Originally the Gods were closer to human size but were scaled up to their current size.
- The Gods allude to the Brothers Grimm, a pair of brothers who were authors and often credited with creating the classic fairy tales. They are explicitly called 'Brothers Grimm' by Jinn in "The Lost Fable".