A/N: I’m skipping the boring episode where all they do is land in the forest and the first part of the ‘Emerald Forest’ Episode for nothing happens to you. This will be a 2 in 1 episode... I'm doing ‘Emerald Forest pt 2’ and ‘Players and Pieces’.
You make it to the temple without any encounters with grimm.
From the forest, Yang Xiao Long and Blake Belladonna step out into a clearing that reveals the circular stone temple, broken and decrepit but for the platforms around its inside, holding several black and gold objects and you lying on the ground in the middle.
Yang: Think this is it?
In response, Blake gives Yang an incredulous look and heads down the hill, her partner following. They walk across the floor and observe the items on each pedestal, now shown to be familiar shapes.
Blake: (looking at a black king, confused) Chess pieces?
Yang: Some of them are missing. Looks like we weren't the first ones here.
You: I'm right here...
Yang: Oh hey (y/n).
Blake: Well, I guess we should pick one.
Yang: Hmmmm... (studies the golden knight, then picks it up and shows it to Blake) How about a cute little pony?
You: It's called a knight.
Blake: (smirking) Sure. (they walk towards each other to the center of the temple floor)
Yang: That wasn't too hard!
Blake: Well, it's not like this place is very difficult to find. (they share a smile)
Jaune's scream is heard all the way from the temple, where Yang turns towards the direction of its source.
Yang: Some girl is in trouble! Blake, did you hear that?
Blake doesn't answer, staring at something in the sky.
Yang: Blake, did you hear that? What should we do?
You notice Ruby falling from the sky and a giant Nevermore so you decide to activate shikai.
You: Sprint, Hayao.
Yang and Blake: (Turn to you) What?
You disappear from their view and catch Ruby mid-air landing safely on the ground holding her bridal style. She opens her eyes and blushes after seeing you.
Blake: (back on the ground, looking at the tree) Did your sister just fall from the sky?
Before she can continue, several crashing noises are heard in the forest ahead of them, and an Ursa comes out, claws swiping, just as a pink blast of energy hits it in the back and it crashes to the ground, depositing its rider.
Nora: YEEEE-HAAAAW! (rolls off of the creature's back, then gets up and groans, saddened) Awwww... It's broken. (she dashes onto its neck and observes the carcass as Ren comes up behind her)
Ren: (panting and leaning on the monster) Nora! Please... Don't ever do that again. (he looks up again and notices by the pink dotted outline of where his partner should be that Nora has run off again, and looks around frantically)
Nora: (now in the Temple, staring at a golden rook relic) Oooohh... (suddenly grabs it, an animation of stars and her hammer symbol playing in the pink background as she dances and sings with the chess piece) I'm queen of the castle! I'm queen of the castle!
Nora: (stops dancing with the rook on her head, then salutes, dropping the relic into her hand) Coming, Ren! (skips off to her friend)
Blake: Did that girl just ride in on an Ursa?
She is interrupted once more as a screech is heard from their right, and Pyrrha Nikos comes onto the scene as the scorpion creature uproots entire trees in its chase after her. Pyrrha narrowly dodges its giant claws and keeps on running.
Ruby: (standing up, looking at the monster below) Whoa! (she starts running off of the branch and landing in a roll)
Jaune: (whining) Ruby!
Yang: (as Ruby stands up, back on the ground) Ruby!
Ruby: (excited) Yang! (raises her arms as if to give her sister a hug)
Nora: "Nora!" (comes between the two and knocking them off-balance in surprise)
The scorpion Grimm continues to follow Pyrrha as she runs.
Blake: Did she just run all the way here with a Death Stalker on her tail?
Yang: (getting angrier until she growls and erupts in a small burst of fire, eyes flashing red) I can't take it anymore! Can everyone just chill out for two seconds before something crazy happens again?!
After about two seconds you look up to see Weiss holding on to the Nevermore’s talon.
Weiss: (calling down to Ruby) How could you leave me?!
Ruby: (shouting up at Weiss) I said "jump"!
Blake: She's gonna fall.
Ruby: She'll be fine.
Ren: She's falling.
Jaune is finally out of the tree, panting until he looks up and grins at the sight of Weiss falling through the air, giving him the opportunity to jump off the branch with arms outstretched and catch her in a slowed-down moment.
Jaune: (smiles at Weiss) Just... dropping in?
Weiss is speechless... and Jaune realizes why when they both look down.
Jaune: Oh, God. (they hang on to each other wide-eyed as their moment of suspension ends, their weapons flying behind them) Oh, noooooooo- Oomph!
Jaune does a faceplant into the dirt, limbs splayed out, and serves as the perfect landing spot for Weiss as she falls into a seated position on his body.
Weiss: (mockingly) My hero.
Jaune: (groaning) My back...
The Death Stalker is still hunting Pyrrha, but she manages to land on her side at the feet of the heroes.
Yang: Great! The gang's all here! Now we can die together!
Ruby: Not if I can help it! (sounds a battle cry and rushes towards the Grimm)
Yang: Ruby, wait!
Ruby, still screaming, fires Crescent Rose and charges at the oncoming Death Stalker. When the two meet, the Grimm swipes Ruby away and she is knocked back. You notice that she will probably get hurt, but you’re too far away for shikai so you do what you can.
Everyone looks at you as your shihakusho changes (similar to Ichigo’s bankai but white and your zanpakuto like Ichigo’s but again white).
Ruby: (getting up slowly) D-Do-Don't worry! Totally fine!
Ruby turns back to the monster and shoots it in the skull, running away from it and sheathing her scythe as the Death Stalker now goes after her.
Yang: (running forward) Ruby!
Ruby rushes towards Yang, but the Nevermore caws above them, flapping its wings and releasing lines of sharpened feathers with points that catch on Ruby's cape and prevent Yang from reaching her.
Yang: Ruby, get out of there!
Ruby: (struggling with the cloak) I'm trying!
The Death Stalker approaches, raising its golden stinger above a scared Ruby and heading down on the helpless girl.
Yang: (reaching out in vain) Ruby!
A white blur races past Yang and reaches the stinger just as it's about to pierce her, she closes her eyes.
You: You okay Ruby?
She opens her eyes to see you in bankai and a dead Death Stalker in front of you cut into a ton of tiny pieces. Yang rushes up to Ruby and gives her a hug (which Ruby grunts at upon receiving).
Yang: So happy you're okay! (the two stare at each other for a moment, then look up at the Nevermore still flying overhead and roaring)
Jaune: (back with the group) Guys? That thing's circling back! What are we gonna do?
Weiss: Look, there's no sense in dilly-dallying. Our objective is right in front of us. (the heroes stare at the relics)
Ruby: She's right. Our mission is to grab an artifact and make it back to the Cliffs. (nods to Weiss) There's no point in fighting these things.
Jaune: Run and live - that's an idea I can get behind!
Ruby goes over and grabs a gold knight (identical to the one Yang picked out) and Jaune takes hold of a gold rook (similar to Nora and Ren's piece), smiling at each other.
Ren: Time we left!
Ruby: Right. (waves to the others) Let's go! (goes forward with everyone following except for a smiling Yang and Blake as the latter approaches her partner)
Blake: What is it?
Yang: (staring proudly at Ruby as she leaps on a boulder and motions the group onward) Nothing... (she moves on as Blake smiles in realization and leaves as well)
You all get out of the forest and into a clearing with some ancient looking structures when the Nevermore flies above everyone and you get to cover.
Yang: (annoyed) Well, that's great!
Jaune looks behind at another Death Stalker bursting onto the scene.
Jaune: Ah, man, run! (the group emerges from their hiding spots and causing the Nevermore to rise up into the air)
Ren: Nora, distract it!
Nora obliges, running out from her block and jumping through the feather projectiles before reaching behind her and launching several heart-topped shells from her grenade launcher, bursting into pink electricity when they hit the Nevermore, and causing it to retreat. She is unaware of the Death Stalker rushing up behind her until Blake and Ren perform a cross-slash with their weapons against its shell. Weiss lands next to Nora so she can create a jumping platform beneath them and leap to safety while Blake and Ren are now being chased.
Pyrrha: Go, go! (stops running beside Jaune and gets out her weapon, firing red shots along Ren's green blasts for a second until it reaches them and tries to swipe, prompting the group to run again)
Everyone races over the ancient stone bridge, not noticing the Nevermore closing in on them until it uses its giant wings to shatter the path right in the middle, forcing Ruby, Weiss, Yang, Nora, and Jaune closer to the central collection of columns and Blake, Ren, and Pyrrha on the other side with the Death Stalker. Ruby fires at the retreating Nevermore while Blake is beaten back by the scorpion.
Jaune: (coming to the edge of the break in the bridge) Man, we gotta get over there! They need help!
Nora: (running up beside him) Let's do this!
Jaune: (looks down at the misty abyss) Yeah, but, uh... I can't make that jump.
Nora smiles diabolically at him, laughing as she knocks him back, turns her weapon to its full-length hammer form, and jumps to the edge of the bridge.
Jaune: (seeing what she's about to do) "Oh, wait!" (too late, she slams the hammer into the bridge and throws Jaune to the other side, constantly screaming
No, no, no, no, no, no!
Nora places one foot on the hammer and fires it off the collapsing section of bridge, launching her to slam its face right in the center of the Death Stalker's skull. She fires it just as the stinger comes down to get her, and blasts back again to avoid its reach, accidentally knocking into Blake and making her fall from the edge. She sees the Nevermore above her and launches her whip so the gun's blade sinks into the edge of the bridge, circling around and leaping onto the aerial Grimm's back. She dashes all over its body, slashing the entire time, before jumping off and landing on the ruined platform at the top of the columns next to Ruby, then going over to Yang, Weiss and you.
Blake: It's tougher than it looks!
Yang: (readying her Ember Celica) Then let's hit it with everything we got!
The Nevermore approaching, Ruby, Blake, Weiss, and Yang set their weapons to fire a barrage of blasts at the bird, which it either dodges or takes harmlessly until it crashes through the columns and platform. The girls leap from one section of falling stone to the next until they reach the higher bridge on top, just below the cliffs while you just jump on it's back and start slashing.
Weiss: None of this is working!
Ruby: (watching Blake whip over to another section of the area and Yang firing round after flaming round at the Grimm) I have a plan! Cover me! (she blasts away as Weiss raises her blade and heads into the fray)
Down below, the Death Stalker is still battling Jaune, Ren, Nora, and Pyrrha.
Jaune: We gotta move! (they all rush towards it)
The Death Stalker aims a claw at Pyrrha, but she deflects it with her shield and slashes it with her blade. The scorpion recoils and swipes at her with its other claw, but Jaune is there to deflect it with his shield, knocking it back so Pyrrha can leap over and attack its face. Ren runs up firing and gets on the stinger when it tries to hit him, shooting at the base between it and the tail while Nora fires more grenades at the attacking claws. Pyrrha hurls her javelin straight into one of the monster's ten eyes, making it throw Ren to the side.
Ren hits the side of a stone block hard and falls to the ground, not getting back up. Jaune, though, manages to stand and notice the stinger is hanging limply.
Pyrrha: Done! (she raises the shield and hurls it like a discus, slicing the stinger off and causing it to fall into the Death Stalker's head as Pyrrha retrieves her rebounding shield)
Jaune: Nora, nail it!
Nora: Heads up! (she jumps on Akoúo, Pyrrha leaps as Nora aims her blast down to give herself a maximum lift, and she smiles the entire way up before twirling down until her hammer slams its head into the stinger, driving the point through the Death Stalker's head and crushing the bridge beneath it)
Jaune and Pyrrha bound over the monster to the land behind it, and Nora fires up and away behind them as the monster falls to its doom. Jaune hits the ground on his back, Nora lands on her bottom, Pyrrha manages a crouched pose, and Ren simply walks over to them, panting and groaning until he just collapses. The other three get up and watch as the Nevermore is peppered with firepower.
Yang is still burning through her ammo on the beast, landing a blow at its face and causing it to head right towards her, but she leaps for its open maw and forces the beak wide as she attacks.
Yang: (screaming and firing a round with each syllable) I! Hope! You're! Hung-! ...-gry! (she looks behind her and jumps back from its mouth onto a ruin, causing the creature to crash into the cliffs)
Despite Yang's attempts, the Nevermore recovers quickly, and Yang smiles as she spots Ruby and Blake on the broken columns with Weiss rushing to the battle. Yang passes her while the Nevermore starts to fly back up, but Weiss hops over to the ruin it's lifting off of and freezes the tip of its feathery tail to the ground, leaving it stuck in the same spot despite its flapping. Weiss back-flips into a snowflake-circle jump and lands on the other side, running to the group.
Blake fires the pistol portion of her weapon over to Yang, and the two tighten it between the columns so Ruby can jump on the center with Crescent Rose and bend it back into Weiss' black sigil, right next to the caster.
Weiss: Of course you would come up with this idea.
Ruby: Think you can make the shot?
Weiss: (confident) Hmm! Can I!
A second passes.
Weiss: Of course I can!
Ruby looks forward and pumps Crescent Rose as Weiss turns the circle from black to red and releases Ruby at such a speed that the ground behind her launch cracks, rose petals flying from her ascent. With each new shot, she gets closer and closer to the trapped Grimm until her scythe catches the Nevermore's neck in its blade and causes them both to fall to the cliff wall. Weiss raises her sword and creates a series of white circles up the wall, which Ruby dashes through by firing the entire way up. You already being at the top just watched as the head of the Nevermore came right off.
Back in the auditorium the teams are being announced.
Ozpin: Russel Thrush. Cardin Winchester. Dove Bronzewing. Sky Lark. (the screen of the auditorium shows each of their profiles as the boys are lined up for the applauding audience to see as Ozpin continues) The four of you retrieved the black bishop pieces. From this day forward, you will work together as Team CRDL, led by... Cardin Winchester!
The audience gives one more wave of ovation, while four students walk up to the stage to take their places in front of the headmaster as their faces fill the screen.
Ozpin: Jaune Arc. Lie Ren. Pyrrha Nikos. Nora Valkyrie. The four of you retrieved the white rook pieces. From this day forward, you will work together as Team JNPR.
Amid the clapping, Nora laughs and gives Ren a hug.
Ozpin: Led by... Jaune Arc!
Jaune: Huh? L-Led by...?
Ozpin: Congratulations, young man.
A grinning Pyrrha offers a friendly shoulder bump to Jaune, but her "fine leader" is knocked over and falls to his butt in front of the laughing audience.
Ozpin: Blake Belladonna. Ruby Rose. Weiss Schnee. Yang Xiao Long. (motions over the four as they stand before him) The four of you retrieved the white knight pieces. From this day forward, you will work together as Team RWBY. Led by... Ruby Rose!
Weiss looks to her right surprised, where Ruby is obviously in shock as Yang goes over to hug her sister.
Yang: I'm so proud of you!
Ozpin: And finally: (y/n) (l/n)... You obtained the white pawn piece but you failed to get a partner, under normal circumstances you’d forfeit the exam, (you frown) but your skills are too much to just pass off.
The screen shows how you just shredded the one Death Stalker.
Ozpin: Therefore you will be beacons first one man team. Congratulations.
Ruby comes up and hugs you. When she lets go you are both blushing.