Events

Battles

Participants Episode(s) Result
Vale Huntsmen vs. Breach Grimm "Breach" Won
Students vs. Nevermore "Battle of Beacon" Won
Students vs. Grimm, White Fang, AK-200s and Paladins Withdrew

Background

Velvet was born in the kingdom of Vale, though she claims that her family moved between kingdoms frequently.

Velvet's parents, Will Scarlatina and Meg Scarlatina are seemingly separated, living in Atlas and Vale, respectively; her father is human, and her mother is Faunus. During a summer in Atlas with her father, Velvet made Anesidora prior to her enrollment at Pharos Academy, amazing Will who made it a point to show the weapon to James Ironwood.

She studied combat in Pharos Academy along with Coco Adel, whom she admired from a distance. Velvet eventually enrolled in Beacon Academy.

Manga

Velvet is seen very briefly in the first chapter of the manga, walking past Team RWBY's table in the Beacon Academy food halls.

RWBY

First Year

At the start of her first year at Beacon, Velvet went through the Beacon Academy Initiation with the task of finding a relic in the Emerald Forest on her second day at Beacon, where she contemplates who she'd want as a teammate, thinking back to Coco Adel given her familiarity with the heartbreaker. In the forest, she uses Vega Bleu's grappling hooks with Anesidora, grappling from tree to tree to get to the ground safely, only to have a nasty fall.

However, despite being against wanting to be partnered with him, Velvet is saved by Yatsuhashi Daichi, who would become her partner. Velvet showed disdain towards him due to his Mistralian origins, to Yatsuhashi's dismay, though the two eventually started over once Yatsuhashi made it clear he had no hostilities towards her.

After being chased by a pack of Boarbatusks, make it to the temple, where they discover the relics along with Coco and Fox Alistair, which Velvet notes are playing tablets fashioned after a deck of cards, like the ones she used when younger whilst dabbling in fortune-telling. Velvet takes the Queen of Hearts card and battles a horde of eight Ursai with Team CFVY, which is later properly christened by Ozpin.

Footage of the Beacon Academy Initiation made it seem as though Velvet had done nothing to help CFVY fight the Ursai when in reality she had been giving orders to help support them.

Her teammates greatly value her abilities and have fought many battles together.[1]

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Second Year, First Semester

Velvet, like most Beacon students, watched the Beacon Academy Initiation take place. She grew a liking for Team RWBY. At some point, Blake Belladonna defended her from racist harassers and asks Velvet why she does not fight back. Velvet responds she does not like hurting people.

Velvet first appears in series in the cafeteria, eating a meal by herself at an empty table. However, Team CRDL appears at her table and begins teasing her, being led by Cardin Winchester.

Cardin starts pulling on her ears, ignoring her repeated pleas for him to stop because he is hurting her. Russel Thrush calls her a freak as Cardin releases her and she leaves the room covering her face, crying.

Pyrrha Nikos could not stand how Cardin and his group treated Velvet, while Yang Xiao Long remarks that it must be difficult being a Faunus. Blake Belladonna comments on how Cardin is not the only one to treat Faunus in such a derogatory and abusive manner.

During another class talking about the history of Remnant, specifically the Faunus Rights Revolution, Bartholomew Oobleck asks if any of the Faunus have been discriminated against. Velvet at first is hesitant to raise her hand but does so. Dr. Ooblek then comments how dreadful that is.

Notably, she is the second character to raise her hand, a black silhouette in the back being the first, implying that there are several other mistreated Faunus among the students at Beacon. Her hesitation also exemplifies her preference to avoid being the center of attention, in addition to her shy and quiet nature.

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Second Year, Second Semester

Velvet lies to RWBY about what happened in Mt. Glenn

At one point, Velvet met and befriended Sun Wukong and Team SSSN.

During their second semester, Team CFVY was sent on a mission to the settlement of Lower Cairn near Mountain Glenn, supervised by Professor Peter Port. There, they found the settlement to not only be wiped out but completely flattened by the Grimm. Along with her team, Velvet found six survivors from the Grimm, a family of a father, a mother, and four children hiding in a nearby cave. While attempting to rescue the family, the father was killed by an Ursa that attacked the Huntsmen, causing the mother and children to run back to their cave. To the Huntsmen-in-trainings' horror, the cave was then crushed by a Goliath that was rampaging nearby. Team CFVY evacuated from the settlement which had been completely lost, and their mission was considered an outright failure.

Velvet returns to Beacon from an unusually long mission with her team and is met by Team RWBY after a student announces their return. Blake promptly asks her if she's okay, while Weiss Schnee asks why their mission took longer than expected.

Velvet lies and tells them that "There were just so many", likely referring to the Grimm. She reassures them that since they are first-years shadowing a Huntsman on the trip, they will be fine. This is so that she doesn't scare the first-year team just as they are leaving. She also wishes Team RWBY safety before rejoining her team.

Following this, Velvet and Professor Ozpin met to discuss what had happened during their mission.

Velvet has apparently been spending the entire semester building up her weapon, Anesidora. When she comes in for the finale to help fend of Grimm during the invasion of Vale, she takes out a few Grimm and attempts to use it, but is stopped by Coco Adel, who points out what she's been doing with Anesidora and says not to waste it before taking out the Grimm herself.

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Vytal Festival Tournament

Velvet and her team are competing in the Vytal Festival tournament, representing Beacon Academy and the kingdom of Vale. Team CFVY wins their team's round, but Velvet is not selected to progress into the doubles round. After Mercury Black and Emerald Sustrai defeat Coco and Yatsuhashi Daichi, Velvet feels empathy and concern for them, and Fox Alistair is there to console her.

Velvet working on her photography

She is later seen on the day of the second one-on-one matchups, taking photos of Sun Wukong, along with Brawnz Ni and Nolan Porfirio, before talking to Ruby Rose about her sister Yang Xiao Long's predicament. She also briefly mentions to Ruby how Coco described her hallucination of Yatsuhashi as a "stress-induced hallucination".

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The Battle of Beacon

Velvet is among the group of students present at Amity Colosseum at the beginning of the Grimm attack on Vale. Her weapon flies to the floating arena in a rocket-propelled locker. After a Giant Nevermore breaks into the stadium and is defeated, she is among the students that choose to fight in the battle rather than flee. She also takes a picture of Ruby Rose in a heroic stance. The group takes an Air Bus to Beacon where they begin to fight the Grimm.

Velvet fighting a Paladin at the Battle of Beacon

Later during the battle as they are overwhelmed by the Atlesian Paladin-290s, Coco gives Velvet permission to use Anesidora, which is revealed to be capable of summoning copies of weapons she has taken pictures off. Despite being able to wield each weapon with precision, she is eventually knocked out by one of the remaining Paladins. Weiss then saves her from suffering any major harm.

At one point during the battle, Velvet watched Team ABRN defeat a Death Stalker, and took a picture of Reese Chloris with her weapon. She learns that Roy Stallion was killed by a Nevermore at the start of the Fall, and the rest of Team BRNZ was missing, presumed to have been killed in the panic.

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RWBY: After the Fall

Leaving the Battle

Conscious but clearly hindered by the Paladin, Velvet limped along, leaning against Yatsuhashi's body, evading attacking Grimm en route to the docks, guiding some restless civilians and, along the way, finding Ruby and Weiss, who were looking for Jaune and Pyrrha. At the docks, Velvet had her injuries treated and saw Qrow Branwen leaving in an Air Bus to Vale carrying an unconscious Ruby. While Velvet insisted she was still in fighting shape, Coco ordered her to find a bed to rest until dawn.[2]

After the Fall

Following the Battle of Beacon, Velvet, along with her team, stayed in Vale for a short while to help Glynda Goodwitch secure the city. Eventually, Team CFVY decided to move on to new things, and with Glynda's support, transferred to Shade Academy.

At Shade, Team CFVY received a distress call from the settlement of Gossan due to a Grimm invasion. They found the settlement had been destroyed and aided the survivors in reaching the settlement of Feldspar. After Feldspar was invaded by Grimm, the team successfully lead the nomads to Coquina without any casualties.

Additionally, with the aid of her team, Velvet uncovered a plot set by Carmine Esclados and Bertilak Celadon to traffic humans for an unknown employer and subsequently arrested the two.

When they arrived at the settlement of Coquina, Team CFVY encountered Team SSSN, who informed them about the events that transpired in the Battle of Haven. Velvet noted Sun Wukong seemed like he wanted to leave Vacuo soon.

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RWBY: Before the Dawn

Hunting The Crown

Velvet, along with his team, take to illegally hunting for The Crown at night, having heard news of Carmine and Bertilak's escape.

One month after the events of RWBY: After the Fall, Velvet and Yatsuhashi save Sun when he comes across a trio of thugs, known as Pink, Brown, and Green. He finds himself nearly defeated by their Semblance, and has to be saved by Velvet and Yatsuhashi. Sun asks the two what they're doing out there, and Velvet explains that Team CFVY has been patrolling the streets of Vacuo at night in search of a group known as the Crown, as well as criminals Carmine and Bertilak, since they got back to the city. In turn, Sun tells them in that his childhood friends have been disappearing, which while common for Vacuo, there was no trace of them left. Sun offers to help Team CFVY stop the Crown at the end of the chapter.

One week after the start of Team SSSN's first week at Shade Academy, Yatsuhashi and his team meet with SSSN, where Sun Wukong offers to aid them in stopping the Crown. Team CFVY is initially opposed to this, but later decides to consider it. Fox and his team go to an 8am class with Xanthe Rumpole, where the professor discusses the Great War with her students.

After classes, Teams SSSN and CFVY walk around the city, visiting the Weeping Wall at Vacuo, which has a list of missing people, including Rosa Schwein, who Sun recognizes as Pink, a thug who he had fought the previous night who had attempted to kidnap a woman. At the Weeping Wall, the group notices a young Faunus girl around their age breaks down when she realizes her older sister is now missing as well. With this information, the group returns to Shade Academy.

At Shade, Team CFVY introduces Team SSSN to the Beacon Brigade, , who are survivors of the falls of Beacon and Haven. Sun finds himself to dislike the idea of the group, and tells them it's a bad idea. He storms off, leaving Fox and the rest the Beacon Brigade to continue without him.

At night, SSSN joins CFVY on one of their nightly patrols. During their patrol, they spot Green and Brown attempting to kidnap a merchant. Teams SSSN and CFVY chase them, eventually coming into an abandoned Dust refinery. The teams lose track of the thugs, and Fox senses nearly 50 Auras within the building, including Rumpole's. Coco decides she'll confront them the next day.

Shade Academy Re-Initiation

The following morning, Velvet, along with other Shade Academy students, is called onto the campus Meeting Grounds for an assembly, where Theodore tells them of a group of students patrolling with business of local authorities at night. Because of this, he declares a school-wide curfew at Rumpole's suggestion, as well as a temporary reshuffling of teams due to a large wave of Beacon and Haven students.

During the Shade Academy Initiation, students are tasked to survive the desert and retrieve a golden trinket. Velvet has to be saved from a harsh fall by Octavia Ember, who begrudgingly offers to let Velvet follow her. They reach a Dust refinery in a chasm, where Octavia tells Velvet about her past. The two find a trinket, and are saved when attacked by Ravagers by an Air Bus with students. They return to Shade, and she is placed as a member of Team NOVA.

During a Beacon Brigade meeting, Scarlet eagerly waits to join his new team. Sun returns, and apologizes for storming out earlier. He maintains his opinion that the group seems elitist to him, but the Beacon Brigade respectfully disagrees. Later, ROSC and NOVA go to a weapons training class with Professor Sunnybrook, only to instead be taught by Rumpole. Rumpole has Velvet fight Nebula Violette without their weapons of choice, and once Velvet is defeated, orders Nebula to continue to beat her until her Aura is down. Arslan Altan and Coco protest, and Rumpole explains that she needs her students to be ruthless in order to be prepared for a looming threat.

Some time after this, Team NOVA are sent on a mission to Coquina in order to fix a CCT relay tower, alongside Oscuro Academy cadets (including August Caspian). During this, Velvet and Arslan argue with Octavia after she uses the children as bait for the Grimm, slightly injuring and scaring them in the process. Octavia ignores their criticism, and leaves the video call. Gus tells Velvet about missing cadets in Oscuro, and points her to the Mirage; the nightclub where they were last seen. Their mission complete, NOVA returns to Shade.

In Vacuo, Sun and Neptune Vasilias speak with Finn Asturias about the missing people, and learn about his children, Gillian and Jax Asturias. Bored, Sun leaves Neptune to finish the interview, and finds Velvet in the streets. Velvet and Sun decide to investigate the club on their own, and tell Neptune where they're headed before they do. At the Mirage, they find a hidden fight club, and see that Carmine's sai had been turned into gold there. They spot fellow classmate Umber Gorgoneion at the club, and try to warn her of the Crown. Before they can, however, Sun is called to fight in the cage.

Fox and Yastuhashi discover that the two had gone to The Mirage, a nightclub in the desert, and decide that the three of them would go find them.

Before they can do so, however, they are interrupted by Rumpole, who tells them they won't be breaking the curfew. Fox smugly puts that they frankly don't care, and Rumpole would have to stop them. The professor obliges to this request and attacks the group, leading to a small skirmish that draws in a crowd, including Theodore. During the fight, Rumpole muses they if they can guess her first name, she'd let them go. Fox uses his ADA device to start guessing names, eventually figuring it to be Xanthe. Despite this, Rumpole continues to attack the group, forcing Yatsuhashi to use his Semblance on her, revealing that she had been under mind control. Theodore calls the three students and Rumpole to his office to explain.

To their shock, a now-lucent and shaken Rumpole tells them that she had been tipped about the Mirage being one of two Crown headquarters in the Wastelands, the second being near a CCT relay tower. She had been attacked by Carmine and was ordered to delay any Crown investigations by the group's leader. The Shade staff and the students decide to form a plan to rescue Velvet, Sun, and Team ROSC from the Wastelands.

Yatsuhashi and Neptune enter the Mirage building, where they find Sun and Velvet had been put under mind control. He breaks Velvet's mind control, and sees Umber at a nearby bar. Assuming her to be under control as well, he attempts to break the effects on her mind, only to find she's working for the Crown willingly. Umber forces him into the Sage where he fights Sun and breaks his mind control, but is defeated and captured by Carmine who had entered the club. Neptune, Velvet, and Sun escape, stunned.

Back at the Academy, Rumpole tells the students about the Gillian Asturias' past in the Academy, and of her brother, Jax Asturias', expulsion from school. Rumpole takes a painting from her wall, showing the group an artist's rendition of the very first king of Vacuo; Malik the Sunderer, who was alive 1,000 years ago. The group puts together they want things to go back to how Vacuo used to be, building an army to restore the old Kingdom; as king and queen. Teams CFV_ and SSSN go to Finn Asturias' home to learn more about them, where he tells the students of his children's past, and their motivations. He tells that Pink and Brown – Rosa Schwein and Argento Pocoron – had come by earlier, telling him to flee to the kingdom of Vale, which leads the group to believe the attack on Vacuo is imminent.

In Shade, Theodore rants about the Asturias' corruption and decides that the authorities can handle the twins due to bigger threats. He believes chasing the two is a trap, and will only distract them from "the big one". Rumpole objects, saying the twins may be in line with the big one, and this Huntsmen Army is an advanced force just like the White Fang had been in Haven. Theodore roars that Shade isn't Beacon, punching a wall with his gloves, leaving a crater in the room, and cracking Ozpin's portrait. CFVY and SSSN convince him to let Shade deal with Jax and Gillian, and he restores the original teams effective immediately. They hear gunfire and shouting outside.

The Battle of Shade

Velvet and the group then discover the Crown had been attacking Shade, and he along with the rest of the Beacon Brigade, lead the charge on the defense. During the battle, Coco fights Yatsuhashi who had been placed under mind control, eventually helping him escape it, as well as waves of invading Grimm. Coco and the Beacon Brigade cover Velvet, Sun, and Octavia's plan to sneak away and find Carmine and Gillian in The Crown Bunker

At the Wastelands, the three Huntsmen looking for Gillian and Carmine see the Grimm make their way to the city. They enter the Crown Bunker, and find it to be mostly emptied, bar the victims who had been used as Aura vessels. Sun decides to help them as Octavia and Velvet venture forward, coming across Carmine and Gillian. Carmine attacks them to protect her boss, but Gillian orders the Huntress to help her escape. As Carmine carves a tunnel to escape with her Semblance, she comes across a large fire Dust crystal. Octavia seizes the chance and causes an explosion, collapsing the bunker.

While helping the victims, Sun hears the blast in the distance. As he wonders what happens, Bertilak Celadon gets up from his chambers, and assumes that Velvet and Octavia were likely dead if they were fighting Carmine. He assures to Sun he has no intent to fight the younger boy, and helps lead the group to the explosion. There, they find Octavia and Velvet, as well as Carmine's sai, indicating that the criminals hadn't survived the encounter. Bertilak laughs at Carmine's apparent misfortune in regards to the irony of her motives, and takes her weapon for himself. Outside, he gives the group the password to the nearby CCT relay tower, "Malik", and leaves with the declaration that he's going to find Carmine and make her pay for stabbing him in the back. With this, Velvet tells Sun he'll be the one uniting Vacuo, handing him her Scroll. Soon after, Sun's message arrives, revealing The Crown's crimes to Vacuo, causing the city to unite against them as well.

At her arrival in battle Gillian has a revelation about the Grimm's relation to Aura, she begs Jax to retreat with her, and to her horror, her brother tells her they'll win the fight or die in battle. Gillian begins to stop giving him Aura to convince him to run, but he uses his mind control to force her to give him Aura instead, draining all of her remaining strength away. As this happens, Yatsuhashi reveals himself and attacks Jax. Using her Semblance, Gillian transfers all of Jax's Aura to Yatsuhashi, and the younger Huntsman lobotomizes The Crown's leader, leaving Jax in a vegetative state. When Yatsuhashi asks why Gillian did it, she says she'd do anything for his brother, which is why she formed The Crown with him, but she didn't want to die herself. Out of Aura, the Grimm begin to attack everyone again as Sun, Velvet, and Octavia return and help alongside a fully united Vacuo.

Days after the battle, the loyal Crown members had been arrested and the mind controlled members were let go, the Beacon Brigade meets to celebrate, and Sun apologizes to his team for being an awful leader. After this, Sun takes Velvet to see Starr at her dojo. Her business had picked up more clout since the battle, and she wants to know what Sun has been up to since he went to Haven. Team SSSN enters, and they begin to catch her up on their journey.

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