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Author's Note: for my AU the conversation with Jaune and Ruby in "Welcome to Beacon" went slightly different where Ruby did not learn that Jaune hadn't made his weapons. (Or anyone else who would learn in the future) Frankly that conversation ruins how I'm having Huntresses/Huntsmen use their weapons in my AU, as will become obvious as you read this story.86Please respect copyright.PENANATpoZ6CK85S
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(Second year: First semester)86Please respect copyright.PENANAERudTMNxnE
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Jaune moved with a new confidence, yet hesitant. It had been six months since he'd started training, truly training, in how to fight and use his aura. His fighting skills had improved greatly, yet his aura control was still barely above a beginner's. No sign of his semblance had shown any hint of appearing despite Pyrrha still insisting that it would come to him 'any day now.' He did believe Pyrrha when she insisted he had a very strong Aura, stronger than most. But what was the use when he couldn't control it without outside help?86Please respect copyright.PENANA7neJmQXV10
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He was still nowhere near a fighter that anyone else was in JNPR or RWBY. In fact he didn't think he was a better fighter than anyone in his year, but at least he wasn't an embarrassment. The only thing that set him apart was his leadership, particularly tactics. He was Professor Helm's star student and had gotten the respect that came with it from most of the school. As Helm put it, "You don't need to be a great fighter to be a great leader."copyright protection82PENANAKXoAMyv914

Now it was time for another lesson in Aura control from Pyrrha after a good workout. According to her the physical and the spiritual had a connection and doing one would strengthen the other which is why she did both on the same night rather than spacing them out.copyright protection82PENANAfopfiJXM7F

Sitting Indian style he closed his eyes and felt the familiar touch and tingle of Pyrrha touching his forehead and heart, and chanting the now familiar words. He felt his aura and though he couldn't explain how he could "see" it, and hers. He had found it a bit freaky at first, but now it was just normal as he felt his aura 'unlock.'copyright protection82PENANA7FS77NV84N

"Let's try something different today Jaune," his lover told him. "Reach out to Crocea Mors with your Aura. I have yet to see you use it to your full potential."copyright protection82PENANAIOL6pyFUHG

Jaune did exactly that, though not really sure what to expect. This kind of 'reaching' had become easier for him, when assisted by Pyrrha, but normally it was to make it protect him from an impact or heal a wound. Touching something else that was inanimate was new.copyright protection82PENANAZX4pcm999g

When he touched it he felt a familiarity to it which brought him back to his childhood. He couldn't help but smile as he remembered sitting in the den of his family's estate listening to his grandfather talk about the great war. He felt warmed by the memory.copyright protection82PENANAPgVIn3wjbA

"I don't understand," Pyrrha said absentmindedly. "It's like you didn't even make Crocea Mors."copyright protection82PENANA6UpS0OqFJ8

Jaune was a bit surprised, not understanding the connection. "I didn't, why?"copyright protection82PENANAlI5q7hNgrW

The silence got awkward and after a minute Jaune opened his eyes to see what had happened. Pyrrha was just looking at him blankly. "Pyrrha?"copyright protection82PENANAxhdsZAvvTH

"You didn't make it?" she asked, her voice just as blank as her face.copyright protection82PENANA60CvTCkki3

What was he missing? "Yeah, I got it from my grandfather after he passed."copyright protection82PENANAsEMx4UPRbg

The blank look never left her face. If Jaune could wrap his mind around the concept he'd think she was in shock. After a moment she started to look at him again. "I knew you were not properly trained when you came to Beacon, but I did not realized you had not learned about how our Weapons worked. I assumed that your lack of training is the reason your weapon was so simple in design." She looked at Jaune realizing that last could be considered an insult. "I'm sorry; I didn't mean it that way."copyright protection82PENANAOIx1axBG3v

Jaune was too distracted by the thought that there was more to their weapons than killing grimm to notice the possibility of an insult, not that he would have taken it as one. "What else is there to our weapons? Mine seems to work just fine when I fight."copyright protection82PENANAo9w1FpDZJW

"Our weapons are more than just that. Here, look at my aura and how it interacts with Miló and Akoúo̱." Jaune closed his eyes and watched finding there was an aura to both weapons, but he'd seen the same to his own weapon. What he hadn't noticed was that they were the same red color as Pyrrha's, and if he concentrated hard enough they pulsed at the same time like a heartbeat. If he looked closer still he could see small tendrils that connected all three. "Now watch what happens when I use one." Pyrrha stayed sitting, but reached back and pulled Miló, transforming it into a rifle and firing it up into the air. In all his time at Beacon he'd never watched any of the students or teachers use their weapons while looking at their aura. If he had he'd have known the difference between what they did and what he did instantly. It would have been impossible not to as Pyrrha's Aura and Miló's doubled in intensity and those small tendrils became thick and obvious to even a cursory look.copyright protection82PENANA2bAPJFJywU

"Wow." There was no comparison to what she did and what he did. His aura never connected with his sword or shield, nor did they match colors. He tried several more times to join with it, and never was close.copyright protection82PENANAPkCnmNUYuX

"I'm sorry Jaune," she said with obvious regret. "I should have asked sooner. I have been wasting your time until now."copyright protection82PENANAtT70UMpxM9

"So I need to make my own weapon?" He asked, catching on quicker than he would have a year ago. "I always thought you learned that so you could repair them."copyright protection82PENANAuPl4E4JnDg

"That is part of it," Pyrrha agreed, "but a very small part."copyright protection82PENANAhsBUPXHKVc

This was a reminder that for all his attempts to catch up with his classmates there were still large holes in his schooling. "So how do I learn to make a weapon? They don't have classes for it at Beacon because I should have learned before being accepted here."copyright protection82PENANAHp5PpZCPxo

"I know the perfect person."copyright protection82PENANAY1ej6SnPf0


If eyes could glow, Ruby's did. "You need to make a weapon?" she asked excitedly.copyright protection82PENANA5xtHsiE92A

Jaune knew Ruby well enough to know what she was like with weapons. Anyone who saw her for more than thirty seconds when any kind of weapon was nearby would know it. "Uh, yeah. Nothing too complicated though, okay?"copyright protection82PENANAmKZrAoqcdY

"Of course not. Why would you say that?" She was trying to act indignant and confused. Acting was not her strong point.copyright protection82PENANABcZPv5ITVY

Jaune's eyes were automatically drawn to Crescent Rose. "Um..."copyright protection82PENANAT1wnIYFm8I

"Okay, I may have gone overboard on her," she said quickly, "but you can't argue with the results, now can you?" Ruby reasoned.copyright protection82PENANAWutWV4lmhz

Jaune wanted to say that his self esteem was just fine, and it was definitely better than it had been. It wasn't good enough though. "Yeah, but this is my first weapon, I don't want to mess it up."copyright protection82PENANAkTLjIgpr9l

"Crescent Rose was my first too," Ruby said reassuringly. "It's not that hard."copyright protection82PENANAp3mVq4T6r1

Jaune's mind tried to comprehend how many moving parts were on Ruby's beloved weapon, and completely failed. "That's your first? How... I mean the engineering... and the parts..," his mind boggled.copyright protection82PENANAPovjkrnFNE

"Oh, don't get me wrong it took a good two months of planning," she said rubbing Crescent rose lovingly, "but it's worth it. It's like a first love, you'll never forget it."copyright protection82PENANAe7x0rggRIq

"How do you know? You haven't had a first love yet." Surely she was exaggerating at least a little. Then he remembered seeing how connected Pyrrha's aura had been to her weapons. Maybe not.copyright protection82PENANAc7uy3VCW24

"Well, yeah, but that's what I keep getting told," Ruby said, this time with a true indignant tone. "If my first love is anything like Crescent Rose I... I don't know what I'd do."copyright protection82PENANAYRsubMWzsJ

"So, my weapon?" Jaune prompted.copyright protection82PENANAdHRLHi2YaK

"Well, let's start with the basic ideas. You're already trained in sword and shield, so let's keep that." Jaune nodded, happy that she was showing some restraint. "But it needs a gun. Any modern weapon needs to have close and long range possibilities." Restraint was starting to look a bit thin, but she did have a point. "And you have both a sword and shield. I bet we could make them combine into even cooler weapons." Restraint was starting to look like a memory. "Oh, and we could add Dust rounds to the gun. Use actual crystals as opposed to the powder form Weiss's sword uses. Bet that'll add some punch." Yeah, a very distant memory. "I think I could get both the sword and shield to have guns for the ultimate one-two. The shield is big enough; I could even try for a rail gun, though that would mean steel shells since Dust crystals aren't magnetic. Or maybe I could have the rounds Dust tipped?" Restraint? What's that again? "Oh, I know..."copyright protection82PENANApmSTVVOxSR

Yeah, time to get her back on track and away from a weapon that was likely going to turn into a paladin mech if he let her. "Uh, Ruby?"copyright protection82PENANACRJ4lUQitj

"Yes?"copyright protection82PENANA1H0StIbvGl

She was adorable though, and Jaune smiled at her excitement. "Simple, remember?"copyright protection82PENANAg5I8YD4NbW

"That is simple," she said reasonably.copyright protection82PENANAFNOoRaiIsM

Cute and no sense of proportions. "No, that is the exact opposite of simple."copyright protection82PENANA1tt2mWKysq

Ruby cracked a manic smile. "Oh, you wanna bet? I can show you complicated if you want."copyright protection82PENANATJwBSvfWiq

"I'd rather you didn't," Jaune said, knowing full well she wasn't joking.copyright protection82PENANATXdHm5RENj

"Okay, well the first step is the planning," Ruby said, switching gears to look at the total process, not just the end result. "We want something durable. Strong without being brittle. A bit of flexibility. It needs to be thin, and able to be properly laced with Dust so it can fold in on itself."copyright protection82PENANAqPNURaRBIk

And again Jaune was left confused. "Uh, fold in on itself?"copyright protection82PENANA2C3yeV3tSm

"What, did you think a weapon like Ember Celica or Coco's massive Gatling gun really folded that small without help?"copyright protection82PENANATLk7tGcll0

Um, yeah. "I didn't really think about it, to be honest."copyright protection82PENANAFLPtGGDxil

Ruby sighed dramatically. "I'm going to have to go to basics with you, aren't I?"copyright protection82PENANARkYVTcRWFJ

"That would be a safe bet, yes," he confirmed.copyright protection82PENANAjzvDHZjUkE

"Alright. Some metals take to dust better than others. Magnesium takes dust pretty good and iron takes it the worse. Generally speaking the more dense the metal is the less it will hold. With me so far?"copyright protection82PENANAUZqJt7q6FJ

"Uh... Dense metal bad, light metal good," he simplified.copyright protection82PENANAsw4qsXCjUi

"No because too light and it won't hold up to anything," she corrected as if he was a slow student, which he was. "Can you picture your sword made out of pure aluminum?"copyright protection82PENANA3dSyQzxatS

"So we go with metals that are somewhere in-between?" Jaune said, incorrectly thinking he knew where she was going.copyright protection82PENANAPnSg7lnyr3

"Sometimes. We can also go with an alloy, but I went with a third option." She pulled out her collapsed scythe. "You can't really see it around the paint, but here," and she transformed the scythe into its weaponized form. "Look at the blades."copyright protection82PENANAiUAmk2kXme

Jaune did, and saw subtle gradients in the metal. It was actually quite pretty. "It's called pattern welding," Ruby advised. "It's not really an alloy so much as multiple metals forge welded into a single piece. It gains the benefits of all of the metals and is stronger than they would be if actually melted together as an alloy. It's like a laminated piece of wood. It also means the lighter metals will hold the dust better than the alloy would have while the sturdier metals will still give its full strength."copyright protection82PENANAgps8XjHvtb

"My dad has blades like this," Jaune noted, "but the patterns are a lot more visible."copyright protection82PENANAojzgAHCYf4

Ruby nodded her head in agreement. "Yeah, they can be made to be brighter with the proper treatments. For non-dust uses it's mainly for looks now days. In ancient days before we could forge metals hot enough to separate impurities and make pure metals, which is where the process originated."copyright protection82PENANA1yYBVjDfgZ

This was really starting to look more complicated than he thought it would be, and it had looked complicated to start with. "So, do I have to do this forging, or can I have someone else make the parts and just put it together?"copyright protection82PENANAuwpWFmfmSJ

Ruby smiled at him. Now that they were away from the design and gotten to what he needed to know the smile had lost a tad of the manic quality. Only a tad though. "That depends on how strong of a bond you want with your weapon. I forged my own, so did Yang. That's why we can more or less transform our weapons with a thought. I'd recommend it."copyright protection82PENANAyh37xEO9C4

"This is going to take a long time, isn't it?" Jaune asked with resignation.copyright protection82PENANAdDDcfyvTNL

"Oh, making it won't take that long," She reassured him, followed by a dose of reality. "Learning how to make it will. I'll do the design for you," she said with a returning gleam in her eye that made Jaune nervous. "To save you time, of course."copyright protection82PENANASiiheXEukx

Yup, that was believable. "Riiiiiiiight." Ruby's smile wasn't subtle. "I'm going to have a rocket launcher popping out somewhere if I let you do that, aren't I?"copyright protection82PENANAeSOi0mWPwy

"I promise," She said as if negotiating a land deal. "I'll keep it to a single gun no more powerful than Crescent Rose."copyright protection82PENANAUKcxWr5rkT

He was going to limit her more than that. "In her rifle form. No high impact sniper rifles that will fling me all over the place."copyright protection82PENANAddcwvrtaVO

"Aaah... That's no fun," she pouted.copyright protection82PENANAIaGxsHTpxq

He wasn't done yet. "And I get final say on it. This is going to be my weapon. I'll need to be able to use it, not you."copyright protection82PENANAYrbaY7C4zX

"I'm going to make sure you love it," again she let loose that smile. "Trust me."copyright protection82PENANAYNbajHBNRx

He didn't, quite, groan.copyright protection82PENANABAIi7b01Ax


Yang and Pyrrha did the actual training on how to do the forging. For multiple reasons, most of them obvious, Beacon had its own forge. When asked why Jaune needed help they gave the story that his training hadn't included it and his last weapon had been put together with pre-ordered parts. That reason was usually frowned at, but accepted. Pyrrha had trouble with the deception, but since it was mostly true she went with it.copyright protection82PENANAryYCJXKl2k

Meanwhile Ruby was in her element. She hadn't designed a weapon in years. Not seriously at least. She had a few sketches here and there of course. She decided early that his sword had to have the least amount of changes from what he was used to so only gave it two forms; gun and sword with very few moving parts and minimal use of dust for the transformation. That allowed for the blade to be made with almost none of the lighter medals that wouldn't hold an edge well. The barrel was going to be an aluminum alloy though which was the best there is for dust use, allowing it to nearly disappears when in its sword form. It's what Coco's Gatling gun used for its barrels in fact for the same reason.copyright protection82PENANAj07ubrbMf3

For a moment Ruby was lost, her imagination working through the process of taking Coco's handbag apart so she could find its inner workings and how it accomplished such an amazing transformation. The things she could learn!copyright protection82PENANAkQD28Ld8MN

The final look of the sword would be nearly identical except for a hand guard and trigger which would actually improve his grip and make thrusts second nature. To transform into a gun the sword's blade would split down the middle and open by sliding along the cross guard, remaining parallel to each other, and revealing the shortened rifle barrel in-between. The hilt would bend to a forty five degree angle to make firing it an easy action. This simple of a transformation would make changing between the two forms take less than a second allowing for some truly frightening combinations. Ruby was a bit impressed with herself on its design.copyright protection82PENANAGemER5BCrE

And Jaune said she couldn't keep it simple.copyright protection82PENANAWKE4fPwrCL

She still wanted to make it into a rail gun. With the blade in that position it would be easy, but Jaune used his stupid Veto rights.copyright protection82PENANAuWB8ZKTcTG

For his shield she had other, slightly more complex, plans. Magnesium had a great ability to flex under impact and was light enough to have a heavy amount of dust, so it was going to be highly featured allowing for more options on how it could fold and a mundane ability to spread the impact throughout the shield preventing dents, mostly. Like the original it would transform between a heater shield and a scabbard, but she was going to add in a few more forms as well.copyright protection82PENANA0zUneMtQoU

First was a forearm shield. It was simple, really. Have the shield open half way and fit on the arm ninety degrees from normal with the point towards his hand. As it opened it would round inwards slightly including the point to give a decent level of protection. It would be good for when he was moving quickly, and give a resting spot for his gun when he needed to fire it with more precision since the positions of the blades would prevent him from holding the barrel with his hand.copyright protection82PENANAulF9qUZWmB

It would maintain the scabbard in that form so he would have a place to hold his sword if he needed to. Ruby couldn't really think of a time when that would happen, but it was best to be prepared right? Because of the shortening of the shield when in that form the end of the blade would stick out slightly. She could change that, but Jaune had been very specific; it was to be as simple as she could make it.copyright protection82PENANAHRyjZy4TLY

Yup, that's her story and she's sticking to it.copyright protection82PENANAzMyu9MhCDF

That's why she set it up so the blade could be pulled in from the top hiding the hilt and extending the blade farther out the bottom turning it into an armored forearm sword that just happened to maintain its ability to change into a gun.copyright protection82PENANAw71cgr7fot

See, simple.copyright protection82PENANAR5kqpkYudJ

That was as far as Jaune let her go with it. She had plans of adding aluminum to the hilt so it could turn into a spear like Pyrrha's. Ruby had thought he would like that one! And then that would allow for a truly awesome extended punch action when it was set as an armored forearm blade. Something about "no training with that kind of weapon," he'd said. As if he didn't have a perfectly good teacher for that.copyright protection82PENANAsNv1iEOzhr

She had to work on him for a few days just to get the armored forearm shield. She had so many other ideas but if even the spear was out, what was the point? She sketched out the other ideas anyways. She showed how the sword could change into a staff with a single edged blade on each side. No dice. She had tried to change his mind about the rail gun, which he had flatly refused, so obviously the Dust crystal rounds were out.copyright protection82PENANAfOyg0PI746

Sooooo many ideas. Eventually Yang proclaimed him competent enough to start on his weapon, and at that point arguments were useless. The creation process had started and the planning was over.copyright protection82PENANABWcVmCfk6t


Ruby had been right. The actual forging of the blade didn't take nearly as long as learning how to do it. The only thing he hadn't expected was Pyrrha once again opening up his aura and having him concentrate on his aura as he forged the weapon's individual parts. He thought it would be hard, but in less than a minute he could feel the metal react to his aura, and soon it was drawing his aura into itself without him trying.copyright protection82PENANA4zgzBzep8w

It tired him out faster, but he was fascinated. After the first piece was completed he didn't need Pyrrha's help to add his Aura to the process. It came as second nature.copyright protection82PENANAQnkoElentj

Multiple techniques were needed to make the weapons, and it took over a week to get them all to work together. Each day he was more aware of his aura. On the last day he started putting the parts together under Ruby's direction, and he couldn't believe how emotional of an experience it was. When they were done, he was all smiles as he looked over at his team who had watched with anticipation, and at Ruby who looked like a proud parent.copyright protection82PENANAt4fG0CigWp

"What's its name?" Pyrrha asked as the last part was put in place.copyright protection82PENANAJ1Z0BAzQZI

Jaune looked at her and smiled. Filo," he said as he indicated his sword, "and Timo," he finished indicating his shield.copyright protection82PENANAmP6GeK2s8v

"Want to practice with them?" she asked. At that moment Pyrrha, Filo, and Timo were all that existed and he wanted nothing more than to feel the freedom he sensed in his weapons.copyright protection82PENANAMBz1iADAQA

"More than anything," he said, feeling whole when he hadn't known before there was a piece missing.copyright protection82PENANA0ACZBdza3y

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