- 1 Affiliations
- 2 Salem's Inner Circle
- 3 Cinder's Faction
- 4 Team RWBY
- 5 Team JNPR
- 6 Ozpin's Group
- 7 Ace Operatives
- 8 Others
Affiliations[edit | edit source]
Tyrian is a member of Salem's group. He was freed from a prison transport being sent to Atlas due to a Grimm attack on the ship sent by Salem. Afterwards, she recruited him into her inner circle.
Salem's Inner Circle[edit | edit source]
Salem[edit | edit source]
Tyrian is obsessively loyal toward Salem, to the point of worshiping her, even referring to her in "Tipping Point" as a goddess to whom he belongs.
After becoming too wounded to win the fight against Qrow and Team RNJR, he tells himself that she will forgive him before retreating. This indicates that he is afraid of Salem.
In "Taking Control", his extreme loyalty to Salem manifests itself dramatically. When he realizes that he has disappointed her, Tyrian suffers a mental breakdown, crying in despair and taking out his pain and anger out on an attacking Beowolf that he delivers a sadistic beating to.
In "Worst Case Scenario", upon meeting Salem for the first time after being rescued from a prison transport, the first words he uttered were "Beautiful".
Despite his psychotic demeanor and overall lack of regard for most forms of life in general, Salem's approval is the be-all and end-all for Tyrian. To him, she truly is the divine, and her will and approval are a little short of doctrines in his deranged mind. Despite his worshipful devotion to Salem, he is all too aware of her power and temper, fleeing with his colleagues from their ruler when Hazel reveals to her of Ozpin's reincarnation. This shows that Tyrian, in spite of his obvious psychosis, is sane enough to fear for his own survival when confronted by his master's unleashed fury.
Tyrian works together with Watts in Atlas to bring down about James Ironwood's fall. The two appear to work well together with Tyrian being the brawn in the dynamic to Watts intellect and hacking. Watts is shown to complement Tyrian's skills and proficiency in causing destruction, proving to be one of the few people who can calm his explosive fits.
Watts was also the one who made Tyrian's prosthetic tail after Ruby Rose cut his off.
Tyrian is shown to highly respect Watt's abilities and later complemented him on their success in destroying and weakening Atlas. Despite this, Tyrian has also shown little to no remorse or empathy for Watt's apparent capture and instead deems it a necessary sacrifice.
Despite working in the same faction Tyrian and Hazel seem to have an unfriendly if not outright hostile relationship with each other. After Hazel returned from Haven alongside Emerald and Mercury Tyrian welcomed them to Evernight Castle only to sadistically mock them for their failure at Haven Academy to which Hazel responded by glaring at him and telling Emerald and Mercury to ignore him.
Tyrian appears to hold Cinder in low regard. He mocks her repeatedly after the loss of her left eye, and when Ruby believes that Cinder is the "goddess" that Tyrian refers to, he scoffs at the notion that she is worthy of such a title. He is also comfortable enough in her presence to show his grief and mania when he disappoints Salem. However, Cinder shows clear discomfort and horror while watching his reaction.
Further showing his low regard for Cinder was how he mocked Emerald and Mercury over Cinder's supposed death. However, he was not visibly displeased when Salem revealed that she was still alive.
In "So That's How It Is", Tyrian is easily able to irritate Emerald with Cinder's supposed death, causing the girl to lash out at him. This does nothing as the Faunus moves in on her and warns her that she does not have her master's protection, frightening her. In "Lost", Tyrian mocks Emerald for not loving what she does as part of Salem's group, inflicting further salt on the wound of Cinder's absence.
In "Lost", Tyrian mocks Mercury about knowing only pain and violence in his life, and is easily able to pin him to the ground. Likely seeing himself in Mercury, Tyrian told him that if he doesn't love working for Salem, then he's in the wrong profession; he encouraged him to do what he loves.
Tyrian hasn't met Roman on screen, but does know of him. He refers to the deceased crime boss as a pawn.
Neo[edit | edit source]
Tyrian meets Neo in volume 8, showing sarcastic concern for her not becoming one of the sacrifices needed to bring down Atlas and steal the next relic.
White Fang[edit | edit source]
Despite being a faunus himself, Tyrian cares nothing for the White Fang and their ambition. He refers to them as "plastic soldiers" (under Cinder's indirect command); he sees himself above them as he directly obeys Salem.
Tyrian is very eager to hunt Ruby down, and is planning to take one of her eyes in retaliation for Cinder's similar injury, though given Tyrian's interactions with Cinder, this appears to simply be his justification for wanting to bring down the young Huntress to sate his general bloodlust and to raise his standing in Salem's eyes.
During his fight with Team RNJR, he declares his purpose to take Ruby with him. After depleting her Aura, he attempts to deliver a severe blow on her with his scorpion tail.
After the fight with Team RNJR and Qrow, Tyrian calls Ruby a bitch for cutting off his stinger.
Tyrian expresses an interest in Jaune for unknown reasons in "Tipping Point". It's possible Tyrian saw his potential as a hunter and let him live so he could be a worthy target to kill one day.
When Tyrian is about to sting Ruby, Qrow steps in and blocks his attack. Tyrian reveals that he knows Qrow and calls him a true Huntsman. The two of them fight, and it is shown that they are equally matched. When Ruby intervenes, Tyrian manages to graze Qrow with his stinger, before Ruby slices his stinger off.
In "With Friends Like These", during Qrow's fight against Clover and Tyrian, he suggests Qrow that they should work together temporarily to take down Clover and then settle the score between them. After Clover's Aura depleted, Tyrian double-crossed Qrow, framing him by taking his weapon and impaling Clover from behind.
He is the one who murdered Clover by using Qrow's weapon and framed Qrow for his actions.
Others[edit | edit source]
Tyrian's relationship with F. Pickerel is largely unknown but given that Pickerel was the one to finally catch him it can be assumed that the two were likely on hostile terms. Pickerel for his part seemed to greatly fear and hate Tyrian as he tried to point out that he was a flight risk and that the ship that was taking Tyrian back to Atlas needed better security. His warnings were seen as paranoia by the Atlas Military and he was quietly removed from the case for his troubles.
Later, sometime after the ship was attacked by Grimm and Tyrian was believed dead, Pickerel was eventually found dead in his home. It can be assumed that Tyrian was the one who killed him out of revenge.